International Procurement of Consulting Services

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Overview

This course provides hands-on training in the selection procedures, contractual issues, and negotiation techniques for hiring and supervising consultants for projects funded by the World Bank and other International Financing Institutions (IFIs). The course will also address the broader topic of policy and legal issues related to the hiring of intellectual services: professional liability and conflicts of interest and provisions in the World Bank´s new risk-based Procurement Framework and UNCITRAL Model Law.

Format

The seminar will be delivered through 10 live on-Line sessions via Zoom videoconferencing platform. Each session will last approximately 3.5 hours and will start at 7:00am Washington DC time (Eastern Standard Time). We expect the class to be highly interactive and will include presentations, case studies and exercises.

Course Outline

Overview of Procurement of Consulting Services

  • New World Bank Risk-based Procurement Framework
  • Consulting services distinguished from goods, works and technical services
  • Historical development and evolved practices
  • Risks in procurement
  • Special features in hiring consultants: preparation of Terms of Reference, cost as a selection factor, burden of professional liability, intellectual property issues, conflicts of interest

Typical Consulting Contracts

  • Lump-sum, time-based, indefinite delivery, and percentage contracts
  • Important contract provisions: payments, liabilities, conflicts of interest, and intellectual property matters

Hiring of Consultants in IFI-funded Projects

  • Selection procedures
  • Terms of reference, requests for proposal
  • Choice of contract
  • Evaluation of proposals
  • Resolution of complaints
  • Fraud and corruption
  • Contract negotiations
  • Contract management

Case studies and exercises: Preparation of TORs, RFPs, Evaluation Reports, identification of risks and resolution of cases involving contract management issues, conflicts of interest and fraudulent and corrupt practices.

Course Advisor

Sabine Engelhard is a lawyer specialized in procurement whose career focus has been in international development, capacity building and governance-related issues. She held various senior positions at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). She also worked at the World Bank, with a prominent international law firm, and headed the Washington office of an international consulting firm. Sabine has been involved in high-profile initiatives with the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), to strengthen country procurement governance. Today Ms. Engelhard consults for different international organizations. She is an independent expert with the United Nations (UN) Award-Review Board, advising on procurement challenges resolution. She is a course advisor and a lecturer at the International Law Institute (ILI) in Washington DC, and lectures in the Procurement Master’s Program of the International Training Center of the International Labour Organization (ITC/ILO) in Turin, Italy. She holds master-level and post-graduate degrees in Law, International Relations, and European Studies.

Fee information

Tuition for this seminar is $4200.

This tuition covers live instruction (3.5 hours a day, delivered online) and materials (presentations, and in some cases background documents, shared digitally). There are no additional costs associated with this seminar

How to register

Register at - http://ili.org/training/application.html