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Apply for ITCILO Master in Public Procurement Management for Sustainable Development 2020!

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Master's programme in Public Procurement Management for Sustainable Development - 5 October 2020 –1 October 2021




This Master's programme in Public Procurement Management for Sustainable Development explores the legislativeregulatoryorganisational and managerial foundations of a modern public procurement system. Dive into the study of policy tools and theory with applied assignments and research work to bridge the current deficit in qualified human resources.  The programme is a unique blended-learning opportunity that combines the study of policy tools and theory with applied assignments and research work.

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This is a blended course meaning that part of the education will be done on campus in Turin, Italy and the other part will be done via ITCILO E-Campus online. 

  • Online (E-Campus)
    5 October–31 December 2020
  • Online (E-Campus)
    1–22 January 2021
  • Turin, Italy
    25 January–28 May 2021
  • Online (E-Campus)
    31 May–1 October 2021

Language of teaching:  English

Application deadline: 15 June 2020

Price: Tuition €8,500 / Subsistence €6,930 / Total €15,430


Course Code: A9712854

Structure and topics that the masters cover:

Part I – Distance learning online (05 October 2020 - 22 January 2021)

  1. Introduction to the legal framework for public procurement
  2. Introduction to procurement management
  3. Introduction to economics of public procurement


Part II – Face-to-face learning (25 January 2021 until 28 May 2021)

This part consists of 23 different modules students can choose from.

Below are 9 modules that are ongoing and can be applied to and completed as an elective  without doing the whole Masters programme.  


1. Supply Chain Management for Procurement Practitioners: Logistics, Insurance policies and Incoterms

Program Duration: 2nd - 6th March 2020 (Turin, Italy)

Application Deadline: 17th February 2020

Tuition Fee: €2285



2. Procurement Management for Physical Services

Program Duration: 9th - 13th March 2020 (Turin, Italy)

Application Deadline: 23rd February 2020

Tuition Fee: €2285


3. Selection and Recruitment of Consultants in World Bank funded projects

Program Duration: 16th - 20th March 2020 (Turin, Italy)

Application Deadline: 2nd March 2020

Tuition Fee: €2285


4. Advanced Contract Management 

Program Duration: 30th March - 3rd April 2020 (Turin, Italy)

Application Deadline: 16th March 2020

Tuition Fee: €2285


5. Balance Sheet Analysis and Assessment Tools for Procurement Practitioners

Program Duration: 14th - 17th April 2020 (Turin, Italy)

Application Deadline: 30th March 2020

Tuition Fee: €2035


6. Sustainable Procurement: Social, Economic and Environmental Considerations in Public Procurement

Program Duration: 20th - 24th April 2020 (Turin, Italy)

Application Deadline: 6th April 2020

Tuition Fee: €2285


7. Procurement Audit and Systems for the Prevention and Detection of Fraud and Corruption

Program Duration: 11th - 15th May 2020 (Turin, Italy)

Application Deadline: 27th April 2020

Tuition Fee: €2285


8. E-Procurement

Program Duration: 18th -22nd May 2020 (Turin, Italy)

Application Deadline: 4th May 2020

Tuition Fee: €2285


9. Public-Private Partnership Policies: Legal Framework and Competition Requirements

Program Duration:4th -7th May 2020 (Turin, Italy) and 8th - 9th May 2020 (Venice, Italy)

Application Deadline: 4th May 2020

Tuition Fee: €2285


Part III – Final dissertation (To be presented in Turin by 28 May 2021, deadline beginning of October 2021)

Individual research on a selected procurement topic under the guidance of a supervisor.



Learning objectives

The overall objective of the Master is to help bridge the current deficit in qualified human resources and to enable procurement professionals to cope with the challenges of regulating, executing and monitoring public procurement in an economic and socially responsive manner.

At the end of the Master, you will have acquired a full spectrum of knowledge and skills covering: 

  • Internationally accepted principles of governing sound public procurement systems 
  • legislative and regulatory frameworks, as well as corresponding institutional models for successful discharge of the functions of a modern procurement system
  • Economic theory, assessment  tools and financial analysis techniques, as well as accounting standards relevant to public procurement operations
  • Strategies and instruments for embedding social, environmental and human rights at the relevant steps of the procurement process/supply chain
  • Promotion of corporate social responsibility through public procurement
  • Execution of the procurement process for goods, works and services (including innovative contracting modalities like public-private partnerships and e-procurement)
  • Risk management in procurement operations
  • Procurement audit
  • Control and reporting techniques for procurement operations;
  • design of systems for the prevention and detection of fraud and corruption in public procurement
  • General interpersonal skills (negotiation techniques, team building and report writing).


Who attends this course

  • Recent university graduates who intend to work in the field of public procurement or public expenditure management
  • Public procurement practitioners, managers and officials of ministries, local government bodies and public expenditure supervisory bodies
  • Project managers and procurement personnel from investment and technical cooperation projects financed by development agencies (IFIs, the United Nations, the EU, NGOs)


How to apply:

  1. Click Here or on button “Apply” under “How to Apply” on the main page of this Master and you will get to the online application form
  2. Fill in the requested information and attach the supporting documents requested in the form
  3. Once you have completed your application, click on  Submit
  4. You should then receive an e-mail acknowledging receipt of your application

The 'Submit' button is disabled until all required fields are filled in.


What documents should I submit with my application? 

You should attach the requested supporting documents in the Supporting Documents section of the on-line application form (An asterisk(*) indicates that a field is mandatory).

Officials documents should be uploaded in one of the following formats (in pdf. jpeg. word.)

 The documents include a copy of:

  1. A recent curriculum vitae (CV)
  2. Your university degree (undergraduate or previous postgraduate certificate), specifying the results of the examinations (official academic transcripts)
  3. Certificates or other proof of a good level of English (if it is not your mother tongue)
  4. If you are applying for a full or partial fellowship, kindly submit: a request for a fellowship; a copy of your personal /family income statement or your salary slip.
  5. If your organization is ready to sponsor your participation in the Master’s programme, you will be asked to submit an official letter confirming your organization’s:readiness to cover the cost of your participation in the Master’s programme (tuition/accommodation costs); permission to take leave from your job duties for the period of your stay in Turin during the face-to-face learning component of the Master’s programme.

Important: Only complete application forms will be accepted by the online application system.


When is the deadline for submitting my application for the 15th edition (2020/21)?

You are expected to submit your complete application form, fully filled in, together with the requested documents no later than 15 June 2020.


What are the prerequisites for admission to the Master?

You should hold a Bachelor degree that lasted at least three years or a Master’s degree in public administration, engineering, law, social sciences or any related discipline.

You must demonstrate a good level of English.


What are the selection criteria for the Master? 

The selection criteria take into consideration your education and professional profile as well as your self-financial potential. On your application form, you are kindly requested to indicate the portion of the tuition fee and full board that you are able to finance.


Are there any scolarships available?

A number of sponsors have earmarked a limited amount (only on part of the tuition fees) of financial assistance to facilitate the participation of deserving candidates who are unable to meet the full tuition plus accommodation costs. You are therefore expected to finance your own participation as far as possible.

On your application form, you are kindly asked to indicate whether you can:

  1. Pay the full tuition fees and full bed and breakfast accommodation at the ITCILO campus, namely €15,430
  2. pay the full tuition fees, namely € 8,500
  3. pay part of the tuition fees, specifying the amount

Applications will be reviewed by the Selection Committee in two different rounds of admission. Interested candidates should duly complete and submit the on-line application form and the requested documents, no later than the 15th of April 2020 (to be screened and evaluated for the

1st round of enrollment if they wish to request sponsorship by an ITCILO fellowship) or the 15th of June 2020 (to be screened and evaluated for the 2nd round). The fellowships may only be awarded after all applications (both first and second round) are submitted.


When can I expect to learn the outcome of the selection processes?

The selection process will be finalized by mid-June 2020.

If you are one of the selected participants, you will receive an acceptance letter from the Master Scientific Committee within one month after your online registration.


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