DATES: APR 13 - 24, 2020 

 
         
VENUE: ILI Headquarters, Washington, D.C., USA      
       
TUITION: $4200    
     

 

  

 

 

 

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.

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.