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Course Description

The executive masterclass in Public Procurement Management for Sustainable Development explores the legislative, regulatory, organizational, and managerial foundations of a modern public procurement system. It will equip participants with the knowledge and skills needed to navigate the intricate intersection of public procurement and sustainable development. As governments worldwide increasingly recognize the pivotal role of procurement in achieving sustainable goals, this course delves into the principles, strategies, and best practices that underpin the integration of sustainability into public procurement processes.  Join us on this transformative journey towards sustainable and responsible public procurement, where participants will emerge as catalysts for positive change in their organizations and communities.

Duration of course

This course is scheduled for three (3) day online masterclass session combined with practical workplace experience.

Who should attend?

This course is specifically designed for:

  • Procurement professionals and managers.
  • Government officials involved in procurement processes.
  • Sustainability officers and consultants.
  • Policy makers and regulators in the public sector.
  • Professionals interested in fostering sustainable practices in public procurement.

What delegates will learn?

By the end of the course, participants will acquire a full spectrum of knowledge and skills, including:

  • fundamentals of public procurement, including legal frameworks, processes, and the evolving role of sustainability.
  • core principles of sustainable development, focusing on the integration of economic, social, and environmental considerations;
  • embed sustainability throughout the procurement lifecycle, emphasizing ethical sourcing, social responsibility, and environmental impact;
  • the art of green procurement, encompassing the selection of environmentally friendly products and services and setting criteria for eco-friendly procurement;
  • fair labor practices, diversity, and inclusion in procurement, contributing to positive social impact;
  • complex landscape of ethical considerations, including anti-corruption measures, transparency, and conflict of interest;
  • control and reporting techniques for procurement operations;
  • design of systems for the prevention and detection of fraud and corruption in public procurement;
  • general interpersonal skills (negotiation techniques, team building and report writing).

Course Facilitator

Ms Gillian Mcewen

Gillian has over 15 years in purchasing and supply chain for Private Sector and 14 years for Government and 14 years in training and consulting assessing and 4 years in moderation. Experience includes Facilitating training in SCM and finance related subjects and assessing and moderating same. Inventory management, tender compilation, quotations, conditions of tender and contract, contract compilation and training, adjudication, supplier management, buyer training, workshops and presentations, policy and procedure manuals, procurement committee member, tender specification and  tender evaluation committee member, assisting in drafting specifications and TOR’s for goods and services as well as assisting end users in identifying criteria and allocating points for functionality and contract administration, negotiations,  liaison with legal practitioners, cost saving cost avoidance systems, appraisal of subordinates, investigating irregularities, reporting, conducting risk analysis and general business administration.   Black Economic Empowerment issues such as drafting Preferential Procurement policies and procedures for Private Sector as well as Municipalities, implementation and training.  Supplier data base management.  Devising training material for various organisations in both public and private sectors.

Course Outline

Module 1: Understand the Foundations of Public Procurement

Module 2: Comprehend Sustainable Development Principles

Module 3: Integrate Sustainability in Procurement Practices

Module 4: Master Green Procurement Strategies

Module 5: Promote Socially Responsible Procurement

Module 6: Navigate Ethical Considerations

Module 7: Analyze Case Studies and Best Practices

Module 8: Ensure Legal and Regulatory Compliance

Module 9: Build Capacity and Foster Stakeholder Engagement

Module 10: Craft a Sustainable Procurement Strategy

Delivery Method

  • Lectures by industry experts
  • Case studies and real-world examples
  • Group discussions and interactive workshops
  • Practical exercises and simulations
  • Guest speakers from successful sustainable procurement initiatives
  • Q&A sessions for participant engagement


After successful completion of the course and formative activities, participants will receive a certificate of completion.

Course Costing


Course Dates

12-14 Feb 2024

08-10 July 2024

04-06 Nov 2024

Course Registration

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