Introductory Certificate in Public Procurement, Level 2 - CIPS Accredited

General information
Dates and venues: Free 25 May - 28 May. 2021 in Virtual Class, UTC+8 (Bangkok Time)
Duration: 4 days
Further information:

"Virtual Training” Conducted via Zoom 9 am – 4:30 pm   

Coordinated Universal Timezone - (UTC+8 Bangkok Time)

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Course registration information

$1675 USD per participant

Registration deadline: 25 Apr. 2021
Visa and travelling information
The course venue is:

Virtual Training” Conducted via Zoom 9 am – 4:30 pm   Coordinated Universal Timezone - (UTC+8 Bangkok Time)

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
Carsten Hansen
Carsten Hansen

Senior Procurement Adviser with Bureau for Management Services, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), delivering strategic sourcing and global risk management advisory support. Previously managed a Procurement & Logistics Division in Lebanon (UNRWA 2010-2011), led a procurement team responsible for procurement operations across Somalia (UNDP 2007-2010), Programme Operations Manager in Somalia (2004-7), Head of Office Puntland State of Somalia (2003-4) and supported operations in the Horn of Africa region (UNOPS 2001-3). Conducted Military Peacekeeping Operations with UNIKOM Umm Qasr/Iraq (1995) and UNPROFOR Sarajevo/BiH (1994), including humanitarian INGO operations in Croatia and Mostar/BiH (1992-93).

Doctor of Business Administration (DBA), School of Management, Centre for Strategic Procurement and Supply Management at Cranfield University (UK). Also holds an MBA in Business Management (USA), an MA in International Affairs (DK) and a specialized MA in Conflict Analysis and Security Studies (UK), including an advanced Post Graduate Diploma in Middle Eastern Studies. A procurement certified member of CIPS (MCIPS), also holding PRINCE2 Project Management certification and an International Human Resource Management (IHRM) accreditation (Cornell University).

Specialties: —Strategic Sourcing and Procurement Management,  Management Research,— Operational Risk Management,— Political Risk Analysis,— Enterprise Risk Management (ERM),— Training & Capacity Building,— Offshore Outsourcing