Procurement Anti-Corruption Training is a five-week programme that combines one week of on-site training at IACA with distance learning in participants’ home countries for the remaining period.

The training aims to reduce corruption in public procurement by training professionals from around the world in sound anti-corruption strategies. It is taught by Professor Christopher Yukins from the George Washington University Law School and Max Kaiser Aranda from the Mexican Institute for Competitiveness (IMCO), and enriched by interviews with distinguished guest lecturers.

Participants who successfully complete the programme will receive 6 ECTS credits under the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System. 

Target Group Professionals from all regions of the world, with a minimum of three years of work experience in procurement
Duration

17 Jul - 18 Aug 2017, consisting of:

  • a pre-training phase (2 weeks)
  • on-site training at IACA (1 week)
  • a follow-up phase (2 weeks)
Application Period

To be announced

Language of Instruction English
Credits & Certificate Participants who successfully complete the programme will receive 6 ECTS credits and a Certificate of Completion
Programme Fee To be announced
Accommodation Participants are responsible for their own accommodation. A limited number of rooms will be pre-booked at a hotel near to the Academy.
Scholarships

IACA offers a limited number of scholarships fully or partially covering the programme fee, travel, and accommodation expenses. These scholarships are highly competitive.

They are available to citizens of Least Developed Countries (LDCs), as defined by the United Nations, and to citizens of other jurisdictions determined by the specific donor in consultation with IACA, including Albania, Armenia, Georgia, Kosovo, Republic of Moldova, the State of Palestine, and the Caribbean region.

If you are an applicant from an LDC or any of the abovementioned jurisdictions and wish to compete for a scholarship, check the appropriate box in the application form.

 

STRUCTURE

The fifth annual Procurement Anti-Corruption Training will run from 17 July to 18 August 2017, consisting of:

  • a two-week pre-training phase
  • one-week of on-site training at IACA
  • a two-week follow-up phase

 

Two-week pre-training phase
The training will launch with a series of online sessions, with Christopher Yukins and Max Kaiser Aranda as the course professors, as well as other distinguished guest lecturers from institutions around the world. During those first sessions, participants will be briefed on topics in anti-corruption, and will be asked to identify topics on anti-corruption strategies in procurement. Working with the course professor and drawing from online interviews, participants will submit those topics and develop an outline for a course paper.

This paper (i) explores an important anti-corruption strategy, (ii) reviews leading international literature, and (iii) recommends how that strategy could be implemented in the participant’s home country.

One-week on-site training
During the week in Laxenburg, participants will develop full-length draft papers, and will present them to their fellow course participants. In preparing their papers, participants will draw on extensive resources, a week of lectures, as well as extensive learning exercises. Throughout the process, they will continue to consult with the course professor. During the last classroom session, participants will present their draft papers to their classmates in order to receive valuable input.

Classroom sessions include team exercises, which address key issues in procurement and corruption, such as corruption during emergencies, electronic reverse auctions, and corporate compliance. They cover contract formations, bribery, collusion, compliance, investigations, auctions, contract performance, transparency, UN conventions, human rights, e-procurement, and conflicts of interest.   

Two-week follow-up phase
Participants will return to their home countries and finalize their papers, working remotely with the course professor.

ADMISSION

 Admission Requirements
  • Minimum of three years of relevant work experience, or alternatively, a level of junior engagement demonstrating the applicant’s potential
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English

Participants will be selected based on their education and professional experience. IACA is committed to promoting diversity and strives to attract participants from various regional backgrounds.

 

Admission Process

Details to be announced

FEES AND LOGISTICS

Programme Fee
To be announced

Scholarships

IACA offers a limited number of scholarships fully or partially covering the programme fee, travel, and accommodation expenses. These scholarships are highly competitive.

They are available to citizens of Least Developed Countries (LDC), as defined by the United Nations, and to citizens of other jurisdictions determined by the specific donor in consultation with IACA, including Albania, Armenia, Georgia, Kosovo, Republic of Moldova, the State of Palestine, and the Caribbean region.

If you are an applicant from an LDC or any of the abovementioned jurisdictions and wish to compete for a scholarship, check the appropriate box in the application form.

Accommodation and Travel

 Participants are responsible for their own travel and accommodation arrangements and any associated costs.

For the convenience of the participants, a limited number of rooms will be pre-booked at a hotel near to the Academy.

Visa

Participants requiring a visa for Austria are responsible for their own visa arrangements and any associated costs.

PREVIOUS TRAININGS

The first Procurement Anti-Corruption Training took place from 9 September to 4 October 2013 and was sponsored by the Siemens Integrity Initiative.

The second Procurement Anti-Corruption Training took place from 1 to 26 September 2014.

The third Procurement Anti-Corruption Training took place from 24 August to 18 September 2015.

The fourth Procurement Anti-Corruption Training took place from 22 August to 16 September 2016.