37 Civil Servants Benefit from Procurement Training

Nov 14, 2017

CIPS Level 3 prepares Liberia’s public sector procurement staff to qualify for UNDP/CIPS Accredited Level 3 Certificate and an opportunity for professional staff to gain knowledge that will help them compete internationally.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Public Procurement and Concession Commission says the PPCC is making strides to strengthen Liberia’s procurement sector.

Speaking at the start of a 5-day CIPs level 3 Public Procurement training for thirty-seven procurement staff of government ministries and agencies as well as partner institutions, James Dorbor Jallah said the training is designed to address the huge capacity deficit in Liberia’s procurement sector.

It aims at qualifying public sector procurement practitioners for certificates in public procurement and subsequent accreditation by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS), based in UK.

The training is in continuation of several levels of CIPs exercises conducted under the auspices of the Public Procurement and Concession Commission (PPCC) in collaboration with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP),

According to Mr. Jallah, over 300 persons in the procurement field have already benefitted from such a training, adding that the initiative forms part of their public financial management reform drive.

He said the number is expected to rise, especially when the opportunity is being provided to procurement officers in the public sector.

“So, we intent to train everyone so that we can bring out the quality of the work that they do in their respective agencies,” Jallah said.

The intent is to also extend it to other staff in financial disciplines, including finance officers, accounting officers, compliance officers and auditors.

He maintained that the training of these procurement staff in the public sectors would beef up their capacity to perform better, stressing the need to decentralize procurement.

“It will help Liberia to get the best value for its meager resources whenever a government agency does procurement." "The law requires that at least all agencies should have two persons in their procurement units but there are some that have more than two staffs, so the number of procurement staffs will exceed the targeted 600 persons,” The PPCC Boss noted.

Also making remarks at the start of the training, UNDP Country Director, Pa Lamin Beyai said a collaboration with Liberia’s procurement agency is part of UNDP’s own way of enabling Liberia to have a strong accountability system.

According to the UNDP Liberia Boss, the participation of people from various government sectors would create a sustainable public procurement system in Liberia.

UNDP Country Director Dr. Pa Lamin Beyai said the CIPS level 3 certificate training in public procurement will contribute to the public procurement system by improving upon the existing capacity of public procurement practitioners. 

“It is our hope that professionalization of public procurement services will help in achieving the national development agenda and ultimately leads to the professionalization of the procurement profession in Liberia” Dr. Beyai said.

He added that for the CIPS Level 3 training, three classes have been conducted in 2017 benefiting a total of 91 procurement practitioners with 66 males and 25 females – 73% and 27% respectively.

“So far, we have conducted CIPS level 2…Five classes of CIPS Level 2 have been conducted with a total of 301 procurement practitioners have undergone the training benefiting 227 men and 74 females resulting to 75% and 25% respectively.”

The participants are drawn from several public sector institutions and international organizations including Liberia Institute of Public Administration, Public Procurement and Concession Commission, National Election Commission, University of Liberia, USAID, UNDP and county based institutions..

The training according to the UNDP Liberia Boss is being facilitated by a career procurement professional from his entity’s project support office in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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