DATES: APR 16 - 27, 2018
 
TUITION: $3950    
     

 

  

 

Overview

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

  • New World Bank Procurement Framework
  • Consulting services distinguished from goods, works and technical services
  • Historical development and evolved practices
  • Risks in procurement
  • 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
  • Contract management
  • Contracting Consulting Services under UNCITRAL, U.S. Government Regulations, and Other Public Agencies Including Performance Based Acquisition
  • Resolution of complaints
  • Fraud and corruption

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

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.