Anti-Corruption and Ethics in Procurement

General information
Dates and venues: Postponed 30 May - 02 Jun. 2023 in Virtual Class, Central European Summer Time (UTC+2)
Duration: 4 days
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Virtual Training to be conducted via ZOOM

Tuesday 30th May - Friday 2nd June 2023

09:00am - 12:30pm, all 4 days, UTC+2 (Copenhagen Summer Time)

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Course registration information

$1275 USD per participant

Registration deadline: 30 Apr. 2023
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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
Torben Soll
Torben Soll

Torben Soll is Deputy Director for UNDP’s Office of Procurement and Chief for the Global Procurement Services (GPS) Division in Copenhagen, Denmark; responsible for the provision of US$ 200-300 million worth of procurement services in selected strategic sectors, i.e. Election and ID, Health, Energy & Environment etc. The GPS also includes the Procurement Training Unit, in charge of providing training and CIPS accredited procurement certification programmes.

Torben is Chairing the Professional Development Working Group of the United Nation’s High-Level Committee on Management – Procurement Network (HLCM-PN) leading the common procurement professionalization efforts in the UN System.

For the Training Unit in UNDP, Torben is responsible for the design, development and implementation of procurement training, certification and quality assurance initiatives at individual, organizational and partner country levels.

Prior to joining UNDP, Torben spent four years with the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN-ESCWA) in Lebanon, where he worked as Team Leader and Economic Affairs Officer.

Before joining the UN system in 2000, he worked 7 years as Chief Consultant in Ramboll Management Ltd, the largest Danish private management consulting company in the area of public sector development.

Torben is a regular tutor on UNDP courses with the main focus being on the CIPS accredited Introductory (Level 2), Advanced (Level 3) Certificates in Public Procurement as well as the Strategic Diploma in Public Procurement (Level 4).

Torben is FCIPS (Fellow, Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply) and has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration (MPA) from Roskilde University, Denmark.