Anti-Corruption and Ethics in Procurement

General information
Dates and venues: Postponed 06 Oct - 07 Oct. 2020 in Virtual Class, CET
Duration: 2 days
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Course registration information

$1275 USD per participant

Registration deadline: 06 Sep. 2020
Visa and travelling information
The course venue is:

"Virtual Training” Conducted via Zoom 9 am – 4:30 pm (Central European Timezone)

Designed for

This course is designed for procurement practitioners in the public sector and also for those working in functions that are directly related to any stage of the procurement cycle or who interact with any of the key stakeholders involved in the procurement process. Specifically, it would be relevant to those new to the procurement function, those wishing to refresh their knowledge on Ethics in Public Procurement and those interested in raising awareness of corrupt and fraudulent behaviour with the aim of reducing, preventing and detecting unethical practices in the supply chain within their organisation. 


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

  • Recognise the essential role of each stakeholder in reducing opportunities for corrupt practices and conflicts of interest through promulgation of best practices and application of transparent and accountable policies, procedures and standards
  • Recognise where in the procurement process corruption risks and ethical dilemmas can occur and understand how to anticipate and avoid them through proper risk management and monitoring.
  • Promote common values and define the behaviour and performance expected of UN Staff/International Civil Servants
  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of how the principles of public procurement play a key role in conducting a fair and ethical procurement process.
Topics to be covered
  • UNCITRAL Model Law on Public Procurement
  • United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) – Article 9
  • Principles of Public Procurement
  • The Procurement Cycle and Procurement Methods
  • Major risk areas for corruption
  • Prevention and detection of corrupt practices
  • The role of eProcurement in reducing the risk of fraud and corruption
  • Roles and Responsibilities of the key stakeholders in Public Procurement
    • Ethics in procurement from an organisational perspective
    • Ethics in procurement from a procurement practitioner’s perspective
    • Ethics in procurement from a supplier’s perspective
  • Segregation of duties
  • Internal controls, Audit and Oversight
  • Procurement Performance review and Evaluation
  • Vendor suspension policy
  • The course is designed to be highly interactive
  • Each module starts with an overview of the relevant theory, rules, policies and procedures – followed by case studies and group discussions
  • 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 ethical issues of procurement rules and regulations of the various UN and public organisations


Tutor profile
 Andria Bjørnestad
Andria Bjørnestad

Andria Bjørnestad joined UNDP/PSO in April 2011 and works today as a Procurement Specialist in the Quality Assurance and Professionalisation unit in UNDP’s Procurement Support Office in Copenhagen.

Andria Bjørnestad started working for the UN in 1992 when she joined UNICEF Supply Division’s vaccine procurement unit (EPI). In 1997 she moved to UNOPS’ Division of Procurement Services (DPS) as a buyer of goods and services such as: raw materials (cement, resins, chemicals, iron and steel, paint) vehicles, construction & earth-moving machinery, IT & office equipment and printing services, mainly for projects in francophone Africa and Latin America.

For the last five years with UNOPS prior to joining UNDP PSO, she was a Procurement Advisor in the Global Procurement Support Unit with a focus on Corporate LTAs, procurement of services, enhancement of procurement processes and solicitation documents, and development and delivery of procurement training courses. She was also a member of the UNOPS HQ Contracts and Property Committee and chair of the Appointments and Selections Panel.

As a tutor, her primary expertise lies within public procurement and CIPS accredited courses, and she delivers courses in both English and Spanish.
Andria is a UK national with an academic background in language studies, she is also a fully qualified Member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (MCIPS).