DATES: SEP 4 - 15, 2017
TUITION: $3950    





This course provides hands-on training in the 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. The course will also address the broader topic of policy and legal issues related to the hiring of intellectual and technical services: professional liability and conflicts of interest; provisions in the World Bank´s new Procurement Framework and UNCITRAL model law; practices advocated by FIDIC and other professional associations, and practices followed in developed countries.

Course Outline

Overview of Procurement of Consulting Services

  • Consulting services distinguished from goods, works and technical services
  • Historical development and evolved practices
  • Special features in hiring consultants: cost as a selection factor, burden of professional liability, intellectual property issues, conflicts of interest
  • Electronic government procurement (e-GP)

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

  • Harmonization of the Guidelines for the Selection of Consultants of the World Bank and Other IFIs
  • Selection procedures
  • Terms of reference, requests for proposal
  • Choice of contract
  • Evaluation of proposals
  • Contract negotiations
  • Supervision of consultants
  • Contracting Consulting Services under UNCITRAL, U.S. Government Regulations, and Other Public Agencies Including Performance Based Acquisition

Hands-on Exercise: Preparation of TORs, RFPs, Evaluation Reports

Course Advisor 

Sabine Engelhard is a lawyer who recently retired from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). She previously worked for the World Bank and the private sector in prominent law firms and consulting organizations. Ms. Engelhard led the procurement harmonization efforts with other Multilateral Development Banks on behalf of the IDB. She represented the IDB in several high-profile international initiatives with the OECD and the WTO aimed at strengthening and using country procurement systems and preventing fraud and corruption. She led the modernization of the procurement function at the IDB. She holds master-level and post-graduate degrees in law, international relations, and European studies. Additionally, she has completed the first part of a Ph. D. in European Law. She is a regular speaker at international procurement-related events and is fluent in English, French, German, and Spanish.