The University Council of Jamaica has given approval for the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service (MoFPS) and the International Procurement Institute (INPRI), Jamaica Limited to launch Jamaica’s first accredited training and certification series in Public Procurement.
The Public Procurement Training and Certification Series; is a training programme designed by INPRI Jamaica Limited to provide current and practical coverage of internationally recognized best practices, key concepts, principles and applications in the field of Public Sector Procurement (PSP).
The Series is a single undertaking consisting of four levels that will equip participants with the information necessary to enhance their knowledge from the basic essentials of good procurement to international cutting-edge value enhancement strategies. At the close of the series, participants will have completed a total of 96 hours of instruction and performed 4 hours of examinations.
Financial Secretary (Assigned) Everton McFarlane notes that, as part of the broader Government of Jamaica’s (GoJ) modernization programme, the stakeholders in the field of public procurement, are considered to be important links in the chain as GOJ seeks to create greater efficiency in the delivery of service. In this regard, the Government has embarked on a comprehensive re-structuring and institutional strengthening exercise geared towards making Procurement officers more aware of international best practices in their field. It is anticipated that the outcome will result in more effectively managed public funds and satisfied customers” he said.
The aim of the certification programme is to provide participants with:
- A thorough understanding of the internationally accepted best practices in public procurement and developments in electronic government procurement e-GP.
- The necessary capacity to formulate strategic procurement policy directives; direct strategic planning processes; direct/develop and/or manage strategic procurement activities such as large value procurement; manage critical procurement management decisions; and participate in conflict resolution processes and;
- An enhanced capacity to manage the procurement process and accurately measure procurement performance.
Upon the successful completion of the certification programme, it is expected that the public service will have a cadre of procurement professionals, equipped with the requisite knowledge and an enhanced understanding of the public procurement function and regime; thus making them fully capable of applying the procedures and interpreting the governing framework.
The partnership between the MOFPS and INPRI Jamaica Limited was formed after the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on May 14, 2014. INPRI was then mandated to utilize its expertise and resources to design and deliver a mandatory public procurement training and certification programme in Jamaica, wherein policy officers, procurement technicians, regulators, auditors and other stakeholders can increase their understanding and awareness of current global and domestic legal, institutional and administrative frameworks in the area of public sector procurement, including electronic government procurement (e-GP).
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