Introductory Certificate in Public Procurement - Level 2 (Accredited by CIPS)

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Dates and venues: Full 17 Oct - 20 Oct. 2017 in Brasilia, Brazil
Duration: 4 days
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$1675 USD per participant

Participants are responsible for cost of own airfare and hotel accommodations.

Registration deadline: 17 Sep. 2017
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The course venue is:

Organização Pan Americana da Saude/

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Designed for

This course is designed for those working in the public sector interested in gaining a comprehensive overview of public procurement and obtaining a professional certification in UN and public procurement, accredited with CIPS. It is also relevant to those new to the procurement function or those who have worked in the function, but have not previously undertaken formal training. Additionally, those in functions that include close interaction with procurement, such as programme and project staff who would like a closer understanding of procurement would find this course relevant.


By the end of the programme, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the principles of effective procurement, the UN and public procurement process, and the role of procurement strategy
  • Understand the activities associated with effective procurement projects
  • Conduct procurement planning and stakeholder management
  • Write specifications and effective terms of reference (TOR)
  • Choose appropriate procurement method (RFQ, ITB, RFP)
  • Select advertisement method and type of competition
  • Understand dos and don’ts when drafting bidding documents
  • Invite and evaluate bids and proposals
  • Practice ethics and integrity in procurement
  • Understand what rules and procedures apply to UN and public procurement
  • Appreciate the relevance of these rules, with particular reference to the procurement process, and why they are there
Topics to be covered
  • The principles of UN and public procurement
  • Procurement planning and strategy
  • The procurement practises and processes
  • Engaging and managing stakeholders
  • Writing specifications and terms of reference
  • Selection of methods (RFQ, ITB and RFP)
  • Preparation of solicitation documents
  • Market analysis and identifying suppliers
  • Sourcing and advertisement
  • Bid receipt and opening
  • Evaluating bids and proposals
  • Contract approval process
  • Committee submissions and approvals
  • Contract award and management
  • Contract management terms and skills
  • Performance monitoring
  • Ethics and integrity in procurement
  • The course is designed to be highly interactive.
  • Participants will be working on challenging hands-on practical exercises and case studies with peers from other organizations and share best practices in public procurement.
  • The course will also provide participants with the opportunity to discuss the different procurement rules and regulations of the various UN and public organisations.
  • To be awarded the UNDP/CIPS Level 2 Procurement Certificate students must successfully pass three tests:
  • Test I. The Multiple Choise Questionnaire (MCQ) conducted during the training course, where students must answer 100 multiple choice questions of which 80% have to be answered correctly in 2 hours. The MCQ will test the student’s knowledge and understanding of the course syllabus
  • Test II. In-class Workbook (ICW). Compulsory in class invididual exercise workbook to be completed during the course. Pass/fail, marked by course tutor(s) during the course.
  • Test III. The Work-Based Assignment (WBA) where students are given 8 weeks to complete a short written essay (maximum 3000 words) to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the syllabus and how this can be applied to a practical work-related case.
  • Students successfully completing the in-class MCQ and the WBA project will be awareded the dual UNDP/CIPS Level 2 “Introductory Certificate in Purchasing and Supply”.
  • For students requiring additional submissions of the work-based assessment (failed first and/or second attempt) the fee for resubmission is USD 250 per submission.

"Overall an excellent course, very relevant to my work"

"There were excellent communication skills and techniques used by the Tutor"

"I would definitely recommend this course to Programme and Project staff"

"I gained a lot of knowledge by taking this course"

"I would like to thank PSO/LRC Colleagues for this wonderful opportunity and wish everyone successful completion of the programme"

Tutor profile
Rodolfo Sanjurjo
Rodolfo Sanjurjo

Rodolfo Sanjurjo has been a tutor for diverse Procurement training courses for the past 15 years for various UN organizations and International Financial Institutions, in particular in the Latin American region. His expertise lies within the private sector, The World Bank, the UN System -for both UNOPS and UNDP- as well as tutor on "Introductory Certificate in Public Procurement - CIPS Level 2”.

As detailed below, Rodolfo Sanjurjo has worked on General Procurement Procedures and Regulations, Procurement Training and Seminars, and most recently on Procurement Oversight, both as an independent consultant or as UN staff.

Rodolfo Sanjurjo joined the UN system in 1997 as Head of UNOPS Lima Office (Perú), co-ordinating a staff of 25 procurement professionals tendering Goods, Services and Civil Works (over 240 tenders, with an approximate value of USD 525 millions) for Government Counterpart and UNDP; in 2002 he joined UNDP, and served as Head of UNDP Brazil CO Procurement Unit and later UNDP Honduras Procurement Unit.

In 2007, Rodolfo Sanjurjo was selected Chairperson of the Regional Advisory Committee on Procurement, based in the UNDP Panamá Regional Service Centre, where he Chaired the Regional Advisory Committee on Procurement (RACP), the procurement oversight committee for all 26 UNDP CO in Latin America and the Caribbean, by revising on a weekly basis compliance with UNDP Procurement Rules and Regulations of high value procurement tenders as well as carried out procurement training sessions to all UNDP Country Offices´ Procurement staff on procurement matters and procedures, in compliance with the applicable Rules and Regulations.

Rodolfo Sanjurjo retired from UNDP as RACP Chairperson and is now one of our external tutors.

Rodolfo Sanjurjo is an Uruguayan National, Architect by profession and is fluent in Spanish, English and Portuguese.