This online course is provided by ITC-ILO for a FEE.

Duration: 01 Jun 2015 - 05 Jun 2015

Course Objective

The course explores the competencies needed for execution of socially and environmentally responsible procurement while upholding value for money (VFM). It explains the process for development of Sustainable Procurement Plans at national or organizational levels, their contents and targets. At procurement implementation level the course explains how social and environmental parameters can best be integrated at the appropriate stage of the procurement process in a legally-compliant manner.

This online course is provided by International Trade Centre (ITC) for FREE (to UN Staff). 

Duration: 6 weeks, starts on 2 February 2015

Course Objective

The Introductory Programme on Trade Development aims to introduce Trade Advisors to the main components of a trade support service. The programme first begins by introducing the role of Trade Support Institutions in general, before focussing on each individual aspect of their operations in detail. These include advocacy and trade policy reform, trade information, working with foreign trade representatives, analysing trade flows and export business generation. The contents of the programme are detailed below.

This online course is provided by UNITAR for a FEE. 

Duration: 5 weeks, 08 Sep - 10 Oct 2014

Course Objective

At the end of the course, the participants should be able to:

  • Define the role of the state and public politics in realizing the goals of fiscal policy and public funds management;
  • Name and explain the basic criteria of transparency and accountability of public funds;
  • Recognize “good governance” practices in managing the central budget;
  • Explain with precision the internal and external financial control mechanisms and management of public funds;
  • Manage the implementation of technical and methodological solutions and techniques of fiscal policy and control; and
  • Determine effective financial management and audit schemes that may minimize corruption of public funds and stabilize the role of global professional organizations in managing public funds.

This course is offered by ITC-ILO for a FEE. 

Duration: 15 to 19 September 2014

Course Objective

The course provides a comprehensive review of the most important IFRS and SIC/IFRIC interpretations, explains the requirements and choices for IFRS financial statements, analyses, IFRS amendments, latest developments and changes. This course will help officials to understand the main issues to be addressed when applying IFRS. Participants will also receive information on the latest developments and anticipated changes to IFRS. Using the real-world company financial statements and other case studies, officials will learn how to apply IFRS accounting principles.

This online course is provided by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) through eDx for FREE. 

Duration: 5 weeks, starts on 22 October 2014

Course Objective

What causes a country’s debt to become unsustainable? How do we assess debt sustainability of public and external debt? How can countries manage their debt portfolio?

This five-week online course aims to provide a comprehensive overview of debt sustainability analysis (DSA) and a medium-term debt management strategy framework adopted by the IMF and the World Bank.

Specifically, the course will: (i) introduce the main principles of debt sustainability; (ii) cover recently updated DSA frameworks-both for advanced and emerging markets and for low-income countries-with an emphasis on country data; (iii) present a medium-term debt management strategy (MTDS) framework; and (iv) illustrate debt sustainability analysis under uncertainty.

Whether you have a professional interest in debt sustainability or debt management or you are simply curious about these issues, we hope that you will join us in this in-depth study of one of the most critical and current issues in economic policy today!

Debt Sustainability Analysis is offered by the IMF with financial support from the Government of Belgium.

This online course is provided by UNITAR for a FEE. 

Duration: 5 weeks, 25 Aug - 26 Sep 2014

Course Objective

At the end of the course, the participants should be able to:

  • Describe which procurements are governed by certain existing civil or international laws;
  • Recognize the various methods and procedures of domestic and international tendering system, including procurement procedures for World Bank-aided projects;
  • Interpret a public procurement contract and be able to assist in its execution;
  • Summarize the steps involved in the completion of procurement; and
  • Select the applicable method for resolution of disputes in public procurement contracts.

This online course is provided by UNITAR for a FEE. 

Duration: 5 weeks, 25 Aug - 26 Sep 2014

Course Objective

At the end of the course, participants should be able to:

• Distinguish the various types of corruption and how they cause havoc to a nation’s economy;
• Identify areas of public finance that are most susceptible to corruption;
• Use reasonable judgment to detect the existence of corruption and determine its gravity;
• Explain the role of sound financial management policies and practices in curbing corruption;
• Construct a clear picture of the relationship between integrity and corruption; and
• Propose sound anti-corruption measures that may be integrated into existing ones.

 

UNDP offers a range of courses on public procurement for a FEE. 

Duration: September 2014 to December 2015 (4 days for each course)

Course Objective

As part of its focus on increased professionalism in local and international procurement, and in order to enhance local capacities, UNDP offers a variety of specialized training courses to staff of the UN system, the donor community, NGOs and governments. 

All courses are a balanced combination of lectures, case studies and workshops. The opportunity for peer-group interaction is also a crucial element of the courses. Best practice, trouble shooting and strategic thinking are key elements in all courses.

This course is provided by ITC-ILO for a FEE. 

Duration: 1 year27 October 2014 to 16 October 2015

Course Objective

This programme is unique in its comprehensive coverage of the four pillars needed for effective operation of national public procurement systems as defined by the OECD. The learning content is multidisciplinary ranging from international legal obligations to economic theory foundations of PP. New and evolving topics in public procurement are also explored: sustainable procurement, e-procurement and public-private partnerships. Emphasis is placed on practical work and case studies related to planning, market research functions as well as in managing the overall spectrum of tendering and contract management activities. This Master incorporates a module on soft skills designed to enhance participants' interpersonal skills especially in contract negotiations and conflict resolution. Professional codes of conduct are explored as well as systems for prevention and detection of fraud/corruption.

This course is provided by ITC-ILO for a FEE. 

Duration: 6 to 24 October 2014

Course Objective

Explains the significance of public procurement for national development and good governance, and explores options for the reform of the legal, institutional and managerial frameworks of public procurement using the OECD Baseline Indicator tool for diagnosis of national public procurement systems. In addition it incorporates the skills for planning and execution of procurement operations for goods, works and services.

This training is offered by UNITAR for a FEE. 

Duration: 2 weeks, 15 to 26 September  2014

Course Objective

At the end of the workshop, the participants should be able to:

  • Differentiate between investment challenges & opportunities and recognize the underpinnings of an enabling business environment;
  • Discuss the financial challenges facing Africa, the importance of strict financial accounting rules and the legal aspect of typical financing;
  • Examine the fundamentals of regional investment facilitation and infrastructure development through Private Public Partnership (PPP); and
  • Explain the financial modalities of investment identify bilateral investment treaties (BIT) and recognize their effect on investment dispute settlement procedures.

This online course is provided by UNITAR for a FEE. 

Duration: 5 weeks, 29 Sep to  31 Oct 2014

Course Objective

At the end of the course, the participants should be able to

  • Describe the efforts made by various international institutions in the preparation of legal framework for public procurement;
  • Identify the existing or required legal framework for public procurement in various countries;
  • Analyze and make use of the process of pre-qualification of tenderers, the process of inviting tenders or bids;
  • Explain the process of selection of the right tenderer for the procurement of goods or works and the making of the contract;
  • Evaluate a given procedure for the performance of the procurement of contract; and
  • Defend his/her chosen methods for the resolution of disputes in procurement contracts.

 

This course is provided by UNITAR for a FEE. 

Duration: 5 weeks, 15 Sep - 17 Oct 2014

Course Objective

At the end of the course, the participants should be able to:

• Discuss the historical backdrop to money creation;
• Explain modern money creation;
• Describe the measurement of the money stock and the common fallacies related to money creation;
• Differentiate the reserve requirement as being just one of many factors that impact on bank liquidity; 
• Elucidate the management of bank liquidity by the central bank as one of the primary operational tools of monetary policy; and
• Discuss monetary policy and the transmission mechanism.