Background:

Hetta Institute for International Development (HIID) is a USA-based professional educational corporation specializing in human capacity building. The Institute specializes in helping the mid and senior-level executives, particularly those from the developing countries, to upgrade their skills. HIID was founded in 2001 and registered with Arizona Corporation Commission, Phoenix, Arizona, USA. Hetta Institute for International Development is also registered with the New Jersey Department of the Treasury Division of Revenue and Enterprise Services. HIID also partners with the Center for Executive Training and International Development (CETID), a professional training provider in sustainable development, registered and based in Manhattan, New York City, USA  Since 2001, HIID has provided short term training courses to hundreds of high-ranking government and corporate officials.

Course Description:

In today’s complex and high tech business world, an organization’s procuring success to meet its organizational goals may depend mostly on the efficiency and effectiveness of its procurement personnel and department.

Procurement is defined as the acquisition of goods, services or works/contracts from the outside external source. For efficiency, the goods and services or contract/works procured must not only be appropriate, cost-effective, but must also meet the needs of the purchaser in terms of the quality, quantity, timeliness, and convenient location. In other words, procurement process is a buying decision making process which involves other factors such as cost and benefit analysis, planning, management, monitoring, pricing, inflation, negotiation, payment method, inventory, delivery, handling, storage, safety, quality, value and the need, fairness and transparency, and dealing with disputes.

The procurement processes help to reduce the costs of wastage, reduce delay in project implementation/completion, encourage transparency, and eliminate corrupt practices in governance. Best practices in procurement help to fastback completion of projects, good quality of service, competitive terms and price, accountability and effective use of resources

In agribusiness and management, particularly in developing countries, large inputs of goods and services including construction materials, supplies, and variety of equipment as well as a wide range of consulting services and contracts are procured by governments in billions of dollars annually for human service development.

This course is designed to enhance the skills and efficiency of government officials whose jobs are to make sure that the procurement department or organization meets its organization’s goal. This course will walk the participants through the main concepts and provide a thorough analysis of the issues involved

Course Learning Objectives:

This purpose of this course is to enhance the competencies of the participants to perform their jobs well.

Course Content:

The course is delivered in a workshop format and facilitated by seasoned professional instructors with practical experience. The course takes 2 weeks to complete. Key areas of study include the following:
  • Overview and expectations of the course
  • The scope of procurement in agribusiness in developing nations
  • Current issues in procurement in public institutions
  • Differences between procurement and acquisition
  • Public procurement and due process
  • Explaining direct and indirect procurement
  • Quality of a good procurement policy
  • A case study of procurement policies in some selected developing countries
  • Functions of the national agency overseeing public procurement process
  • Procurement process
  • Tender process
  • Specification and scope of work
  • Terms of reference
  • Invitation for Bid
  • Advertising and submission of proposals for bidding guidelines
  • Bid evaluation and award
  • The case study of international organizations’ standards of procurement
  • Cases of procurement reforms in developing nations
  • How to spot fraud in procurement
  • Challenges of sustaining best practices of procurement reforms in developing countries
  • Case studies and project assignments
  • Guest speakers on specific issues related to procurement
  • A brand new computer laptop to take home
  • Site visits to relevant course.

Learning Outcome:

At the end of the course, participants should be able to:
  • Have a good understanding of the issues involved in procurement management processes in agribusiness
  • Plan and conduct effective procurement process for their organization
  • Identify the link between the due process in procurement in governance
  • Identify and explain some of the main challenges facing current reform in procurement in their countries

Learning Methodology:

These training workshops will be very interactive. PowerPoint presentations will feature well in the workshops. Participants will spend much of their time on presentations, analyzing case studies, and doing group work and discussions.

Who should attend?

This course is designed for both junior and mid-level professionals/civil servants including procurement officials, purchasing officials, agribusiness specialist, marketing specialists, contractors, and any individuals who are interested in upgrading their skills in procurement and supply business in governance.

Course Duration:

2 weeks

Training Locations and Scheduled Dates:

Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Jersey City, New Jersey, USA: June 17-28; October 14-25, 2019; Washington DC, USA: Feb 11-22, 2019

Course Materials:

Include PowerPoint presentation slides, carefully selected reading materials, exercises, case studies, reading references, and a laptop computer.

Course Fees:

The course fee is $4,950 USD for two weeks. The course fee covers the following: instruction, course materials, and one brand new laptop computer to take home, administration expenses, field trips, cultural programs, and miscellaneous program-related expenses.

How to Apply

To participate in this course, the applicant must:
  • 1. Send a completed application form
  • 2. Have a bachelor’s degree/or have relevant work experience at mid-level management level
  • 3. Be nominated by his/her department
  • 4. Demonstrate a devoted interest in the course
  • 5. Have proof of English proficiency
  • 6. Demonstrate proof of financial sponsorship for the course