The International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization (ITCILO) in partnership with the University of Turin (Faculties of Law and Economics) and UNCITRAL (UN Commission on International Trade Law) offers this Master in Public Procurement Management for Sustainable Development that explores the legislative, regulatory, organisational and managerial foundations of a modern Public Procurement System. The programme is a unique, blended learning opportunity: it combines the study of policy tools and theory prescriptions with applied assignments and research work. It provides you with direct access to expertise from academia, international organisations and think-tanks, as well as the latest literature and cutting-edge research. This will prepare you for a range of highly developed functions connected with public procurement management and supervision.
The unique learning path offered by this programme through a succession of distance learning, face-to-face tuition and applied research ensures an optimal transfer of competences while minimising disruption of your job.
Part I - Distance Learning
The Distance learning period is designed to impart to the participants the necessary grounding in the key learning disciplines of the Master namely:
• Introduction to the legal framework for public procurement
• Introduction to procurement management
• Introduction to economics of public procurement
Part II - Face to Face
The second part consists of face-to-face learning: lessons will be held in Turin at the ITC-ILO campus from February to June. Attendance of classes is compulsory. This is the core period of instruction, incorporating application work and group/individual solutions of assignments.
During this part participants will study 22 compulsory “core themes” covering the expanded contents of the Three Learning disciplines of the Master as follows:
1.International Legal instruments governing PP (WTO, EU, UNCITRAL, WB, COMESA)
2.Institutional models for PP and integration with Public Expenditure Management
3.Economics of Procurement Management, game theory and reverse auctions
4.Companies’ Balance Sheet analysis and financial reporting standards 5. Procurement Process, Project cycle and risk management
7.Intellectual Property issues related to Public Procurement
8.Public Procurement in the Health sector
9.Procurement Management of Supply Contracts
10.Procurement Management for Services
11.Works Procurement Management
12.Procurement of Consultancy services
13.Procurement in the Utilities sector and Defence Procurement
14.Procurement remedies (bidders complaints procedures)
15.Contract Law and Dispute settlement
16.Supply Chain Management: Logistics, Insurance Policies and Incoterms Legal framework and Economics of Public-Private Partnerships
17.Legal framework and Economics of Public-Private Partnerships
18.Sustainable procurement: social, economic and environmental considerations in public procurement
19.Advanced Contract Management
20.Fraud and Corruption in Public Procurement
22.E-Procurement (Legal issues and implementation models)
Part III - Final Dissertation
The third part is the preparation and submission of a final dissertation. Participants are required to carry out individual research and submit the final dissertation on a selected procurement topic, under the guidance of their supervisor.
The award of a first level Master's by the University of Turin is conditional on your performance in the formal examinations and coursework assignments, as well as on a successful dissertation on an approved procurement topic.
The programme provides you with a comprehensive package of “learning resources” which include:
course materials for each subject, comprising essential textbooks and other relevant materials
interactive lectures led by professors and senior procurement experts followed by assignments/case studies intended for you to internalize the knowledge and to measure learning
tutoring by dedicated teaching assistants and guidance by an overall programme coordinator.
The programme targets:
- Public procurement professionals, managers and officials from ministries, local government bodies and public expenditure supervisory bodies
- Procurement and financial auditors from the public and private sector
- Project managers and procurement personnel from investment and technical cooperation projects financed by development agencies, e.g. IFIs, the United Nations, the EU, NGOs
- Recent university graduates who intend to work in the field of public procurement or public expenditure management
- Procurement trainers and professionals involved in the development and implementation of national procurement professional training programmes and certification systems
- Procurement practitioners from the private sector.
Tuition Fee and application
The tuition fee is 8,000 Euro including insurance, medical care and participants' service. The pre-requisite for admission to the course is to hold a Bachelor’s Degree (of minimum three years duration)or a Master’s degree in public administration, engineering, law and social sciences or related discipline. The validity of non-Italian degrees must be recognized under Italian law and regulations.
The programme is offered in English. In order to attend the Master’s programme, you must demonstrate a working knowledge of the English language.
A number of sponsors have earmarked a limited amount of financial assistance to facilitate the participation of deserving candidates who are unable to meet the full tuition plus accommodation costs.
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