The Enlargement Strategy for the Western Balkans and Turkey acknowledges the high importance that rule of law and good governance play in “assuming the rights and obligations of EU membership in accordance with the Copenhagen criteria”. Public procurement is being explicitly mentioned both as a “short-term” as well as a “medium-term” priority in the European accession partnerships agreements with all countries of Western Balkans as well as Turkey due to its criticality towards the establishment and efficient operation of the internal market of the EU.
All the project’s Beneficiaries are progressively adopting national legal and institutional models for public procurement that are essentially compatible with the EU standards yet. However, a lot of effort still needs to be invested for continuous human resource development in the procurement function. Hence this project comes in order to contribute towards overcoming the current deficit in trained human resources in the Beneficiaries’ administrations and oversight institutions.
This project/contract aims to contribute towards upgrading operational performance and professionalism within the public procurement systems in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, as well as Kosovo under UNSCR 1244/99 and Turkey. This will be achieved through the development and dissemination of up-to-date national procurement training curricula based on OECD/SIGMA standards core teams of national procurement trainers who are trained by the project.
Project Expected outcomes
· Infrastructure for regional cooperation within the public procurement community in all participating beneficiaries established, including common tools and training materials, network of experts/trainers certified according to regionally recognised rules;
· National training strategy in each beneficiary is put in place;
· Core team of national procurement trainers established, capable of delivery and customisation of the training materials to fit national, legal and administrative contexts;
· Sustained delivery of face-to-face and online modalities of procurement training in close collaboration with a recognised network of national training institutions;
· Regional network created with a view to exchanging experiences in public procurement.
Project expected outputs
1. 150/180 trainers are trained on the delivery of professional procurement training in accordance with the beneficiary’s Public Procurement Law (40 local trainers, with English language proficiency, will be trained at ITCILO/Turin by mid 2011, while the rest will be thereafter trained in the beneficiaries’ destinations until mid 2012)
2. A set of National Public Procurement Training materials is developed which is modeled around the new SIGMA training materials but customized in accordance with the applicable laws and regulations of each beneficiary as well as translated into the local languages (to be delivered by mid 2011)
3. Proposals for National Public Procurement Training Strategy developed for each beneficiary (2012)
4. On-line shortened version of Public Procurement Training Curricula developed for the use of civil servants with part-time procurement responsibilities (mid 2012)
5. Accreditation system for national Public Procurement trainers established (2012)
6. a regional network of procurement experts and trainers is established with its on-line platform and program of proposed activities (2011 onwards)
Initially 22 September 2012 – 21 September 2012, deadline postponed to 22 November 2012
· At the end of inception period (first trimester of project implementation)
· Every six months during project implementation
Project Steering Committee
In accordance with Project Terms of Reference, a Steering Committee had been set up. The frequency of the Steering Committee meetings shall be on six-monthly basis throughout project duration and the Committee may hold ad-hoc extraordinary meetings where required.
· Providing high-level, strategic oversight to the Project including assessment of its Risk management strategies, ensuring that strategies to address potential threats to the project's success have been identified, and appropriate risk mitigation measures are timely invoked.
· Monitoring and review of the project’s progress against the approved project’s work-plan at regular Steering Committee meetings;
· Approving major changes to the project's scope, objectives, timelines and other key parameters;
· Recommending solutions to evolving challenges and disputes, reconciling differences of opinion and approach among the project’s stakeholders.
· Safeguarding the project’s objectives and activities from undue national and/or other influences or interests;
· Provide guidance on long term sustainability of the project’s achievements;
· Providing assistance and advice to the project management team where required;
· Providing high-level quality assurance for Project results;
· Facilitating consensus with respect to regional cooperation in the field of public procurement and the setting of regional standards for procurement training and related certification schemes.
a) Chairperson - EC Project Manager, Unit D3 'Regional Programmes', Directorate-General for Enlargement, European Commission -
b) The Directors, or their delegates, of each Public Procurement Authority
c) A representative of OECD/SIGMA as an observer
d) The Consultant’s Team Leader, Mr.George Jadoun, as the secretary to the Committee
e) The key experts
A Draft Minute of Meeting is prepared after each Meeting; after EC Manager Approval, the draft is circulated for information to each Member and approved during the next Meeting.