DATES: OCT 3 - 14, 2022  

 
         
VENUE: IN-PERSON AND ONLINE    apply now button  
       
TUITION: $4200    
     

 

  

 

 

 

 

Overview

This course provides hands-on training in the selection procedures, contractual issues, negotiation techniques and contract management 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. It will also discuss issues pertaining to environmental, social, and responsible (ESRP) procurement in the context of consulting services as well as analyze how transparency and competition in the selection and contracting of consultants are addressed in the UNCITRAL Model Law and the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA).

 

Format

The seminar will be delivered through 10 live online sessions via videoconferencing platform. Each session will last approximately 3.5 hours and will start at a time to be announced closer to the seminar, but the starting time will be within a time window of 7:00 am – 8:30 am Washington DC time (Eastern Standard Time). We expect the classes 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, ESRP considerations

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 of proposals, 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.