Procurement of Goods, Works and Services in Development Projects

ISBN9782553014314 EditeurPresses internationales Polytechnique pages118 Parution2009-07-07
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Target audience

The success of development projects is strongly impacted by the project teams' familiarity with best practices in project management and procurement. However, in most parts of the developing world, and in Africa in particular, the management of development projects is entrusted to public servants or national consultants that have not had sufficient exposure to such best practices. This situation hinders the proper execution of projects, leading to sub-standard quality of achievements on the ground and insufficient benefit to the targeted populations. Practical experience of development work shows that more reference tools are needed in order to facilitate and increase the efficiency of these professionals' work. This book was written as a tool for international development institutions, who will find it useful as a reference for the staff of the projects they finance and for their own staff as well. Students in the areas of project management, procurement, engineering, business administration, law and accounting that are interested in development project work will find it a handy practical guide.

Originality

Procurement of Goods, Works and Services in Development Projects--With an Overview of Project Management presents a unique association of project management and public procurement concepts in the context of international development projects. The concepts are explained in a simple and clear manner, which makes the book accessible to anyone who may be interested. Written from the perspective of project managers, this book fills a lack in the literature in the area of procurement, as books dealing specifically with this topic are quite rare and mostly written from the point of view of litigation specialists.

Subject matter

The author's practical experience in capacitybuilding in the areas of project management and procurement throughout the African continent has led him to take a simple and direct approach in preparing this book. The reader is taken step by step from the concept of a development project and its preparation cycle to its actual management, and is given many details related to the initiation, control and closure processes. The reader is then introduced to public concepts and the various cycles specific to goods, civil works or services. Procurement planning and monitoring, the various types of contracts and the intricacies of contract administration are also discussed. The international commerce terms (Incoterms) are presented in a separated appendix, and a detailed glossary is included.

Argumentaire

In many developing countries, the lack of skills in project management and public procurement hinders the accrual of the benefits that should be derived from projects financed by the international donor community. In Africa particularly, the management of donorfunded projects is often entrusted to public servants or national consultants that have not had sufficient experience. Reference tools are needed in order to facilitate and increase the efficiency of the work done by these professionals. This book presents an overview of the best practices in project management and public procurement with emphasis on the particularities of projects financed by development organizations.

The concepts are explained in a simple and accessible manner, which makes the book easy to read. Professionals and students in various fields such as engineering, business administration, law and accounting will find it a handy introduction to two complex areas of expertise.
Author

Joseph Martial Ribeiro is a professional civil engineer with a Ph.D. in hydrology. He is a registered member of the Quebec Order of Engineers. He has worked in academic and industrial research in Canada, and as a private consultant in Canada and West Africa. He has also been a lecturer in hydrology and statistics at the École Polytechnique de Montréal and in applied statistics at the CESAG (Centre africain d'études supérieures en gestion), a business school in Sénégal. He currently works with the African Development Bank, based in Tunis, as a Procurement Specialist and Project Task Manager
Chapter 1 Introduction What Is a Development Project? A Development Project's Background. Project Preparation Cycle. Donors' Lending Instruments. Conditions and Agreements with Donors. Role of the Project Team. Role of the Donor.

Chapter 2 An Overview of Project Management Some Definitions. Project Initiation. Project Control. Project Closure.

Chapter 3 Some Basic Concepts of Procurement A Definition of Procurement. Basic Principles of Procurement. Standard Bidding Documents. Procurement Cycles. Procurement Planning. Contract Administration.

Chapter 4 Procurement of Goods and Works Content of Bidding Documents for Goods or Works. Procurement Cycle for Goods and Works. Modes of Procurement. Preparation of Bidding Documents. Bidding Process.

Chapter 5 Procurement of Services Types of Consultants. Content of Requests for Proposals. Procurement Cycle for Services. Modes of Procurement. Recruitment Process. Important Provisions on Consultancy Contracts.

Chapter 6 Procurement Planning and Monitoring Purpose of Procurement Planning. Defining Lots and Bid Packages. Scheduling the Procurement Process. Donors' Requirements. Purpose of Procurement Monitoring.

Chapter 7 Contract Administration Various Types of Contract. Major Aspects of Contract Administration. Administration of Work Contracts.

Final Word
Appendix A The Incoterms
Appendix B Glossary
Bibliography