Diploma in Strategic Public Procurement, Level 4 - CIPS Accredited

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Dates and venues: Free 30 Sep - 11 Oct. 2024 in Virtual Class, UTC+2 (Copenhagen Summer Time)
Duration: 12 days
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Level 4 Virtual Training to be conducted via ZOOM

Monday 30th September - Friday 4th October 2024


Monday 7th October - Friday 11th October 2024

1:00pm - 4:30pm, 1/2 days, all 10 days, UTC+2 (Copenhagen Summer Time)

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$2175 USD per participant

Registration deadline: 30 Aug. 2024
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ELIGIBILITY: This course is open only to staff from The United Nations System. Including Specialized Agencies of the UN system (World Bank Group, IMF, WHO etc.), Functional and Regional Commissions, Programmes and Funds, Research and Training Institutes, Departments and Offices, Subsidiary Bodies and Related Organisations etc. The latest UN System organigram will be used to determine eligibility.

The Level 4 Diploma course builds on the capabilities developed in Level 2 and 3 courses. A UNDP/CIPS Level 2 and 3 certificate is therefore also a prerequisite for participation at Level 4.

The course is designed for procurement and contract management managers and officers and those in functions that inlcude close interaction with procurement, such as programme and project staff seeking strategic level training in UN and public procurement strategy development, negotiations and contract management.

The Level 4 diploma course offers valuable management tools and qualifications for management procurement roles or those supervising the procurement function. It focuses on organisational procedures and processes including negotiating, planning, risk management and data analysis.


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

  • Develop and implement strategic procurement plans
  • Integrate procurement plans in corporate strategic and financial planning
  • Plan for significant procurement and supply
  • Conduct cost and financial analysis
  • Organize and manage procurement activities
  • Understand commercial and legal considerations in negotiations
  • Apply successful negotiations and bargaining methods in procurement negotiations
  • Make team negotiations work
  • Manage conflict and deadlock resolution processes
  • Manage advanced offer evaluation processes
  • Execute strategic supply, service and consultancy contracts
  • Measure and manage performance of major contracts
Topics to be covered
  • Strategic procurement planning
  • Planning for significant procurement
  • Contingency planning at strategic level
  • Integration of procurement plans with organizational and financial strategies
  • Organizing procurement activities
  • Centralisation versus decentralisation
  • Controlling procurement performance
  • Commercial and legal consideration in negotiations
  • Power and persuasion in negotiations
  • Conflict and deadlock resolution process
  • Bargaining in strategic procurement
  • How to use winning negotiation strategies
  • Overcoming common negotiation tactics
  • Making team negotiations work
  • Strategic offer evaluation processes
  • Administration of major contracts
  • Managing strategic supply contracts
  • Contract performance measurement
  • Managing contract objectives and risks
  • 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 4 Strategic Diploma in Public Procurement 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 3000 words written essay/project 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 4 “Strategic Diploma in Public Procurement".
  • 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.

"This course has provided me with a unique learning opportunity to further enhance my professional knowledge and skills in public procurement and complete the full cycle of the programme offered by UNDP in association with CIPS, with the focus on public procurement. It improved significantly my theoretical and practical knowledge of procurement as well as my personal knowledge and soft skills"

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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