Public procurement of goods, works or services by public institutions, accounts for more than 14% of GDP in sub-saharan African countries. It also accounts for a large percentage of government expenditures, in some countries covering more than half of government spending. A significant proportion of procurement expenditure is allocated to procuring of consultancy services. This notwithstanding, a large proportion of public institutions who are consumers of consultancy services face challenges in adopting to the world bank procurement framework that was launched in July 2016.
Over and above being conversant with the July 2016 world bank procurement regulations for consultants, there is a capacity deficit with respect to selection procedures, contractual issues, and negotiation techniques for hiring and supervising consultants and other providers of technical services for projects funded by the world bank and other financial institutions. This course is aimed at enabling officials involved in public procurement of consulting services to effectively undertake such procurements using best practices in line with the principles of the world bank’s July 2016 procurement framework. The course will address, inter-alia, policy and legal issues related to procurement of consultancy services. The course is aimed at improving the ability of procuring entities to realize better results and impact from procurement of consultancy and technical services.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
Members of bank funded project steering committees, project directors, procurement staff of projects funded by international financial institutions, project accountants, internal auditors, city council and district council staff handling procurement; members of procurement committees, trainers of procurement staff.
HOW PARTICIPANTS WILL BENEFIT
At the end of the course, participants will be able to:
• Prepare and supervise preparation of fit for purpose project procurement strategy for development (PPSD);
• Apply provisions of the world bank procurement regulatory framework in their procurement projects;
• Develop fit for purpose procurement documents for consulting assignments;
• Utilize appropriate selection methods and market options for advertised assignments;
• Apply core procurement principles in selection of consultancy service providers;
• Undertake negotiations for consultancy contracts;
• Interpret implications of key provisions of consulting contracts;
• Effectively manage and monitor consultancy services contracts.
• Overview of procurement of consulting services;
• The world bank procurement regulations for ipf borrowers;
• Lump-sum, time based and fixed budget consulting contracts;
• Contracting consulting services;
• Contract management;
• Selection methods for consultancy services;
• Selection of individual consultants;
• Hiring of consultants (firms) in world bank-funded projects;
• Estimating cost and budget of consultancy assignments;
• Preparation of terms or reference and request for proposals;
• Evaluation of technical proposals by tender/proposal committees;
• Contract negotiation and award of contract;
• Procurement-related complaints;
• Detection and prevention of fraud and corruption in procurement
• Supervision of consultants’ performance;
• Dispute settlement processes and procedures;
• Risks in procurement.