Procurement and Supply Management (PSM) Course for the Uninitiated PSM Consultant/Manager


Course name Procurement and Supply Management (PSM) Course for the Uninitiated PSM Consultant/Manager
Institution Pharmaceutical Systems Africa
Location Zambia
Language English
Contact information

Please apply online at by filling out the electronic application form under Events.

The extended deadline for applications is May 31, 2016.

Requests for additional information and support for participation should be sent to or 

Phone: +1 502 298 6076 (USA) or +260-977-626-920 or +260-976-151-830 (Zambia)


Course objective

The course content includes key aspects of the PSM systems, based on in-country case studies. By the end of the course, participants will be:

  • Able to critically appraise PSM plans, in the context of organisational structures and health systems in which they are placed
  • Conversant with the different approaches and methodologies to assess PSM systems
  • Able to identify factors contributing to a well-performing PSM system in developing countries
  • Measure the performance of a PSM system using appropriate indicators
  • Introduced to problem solving approaches to capacity building for PSM systems in low resource-limited settings
  • Equipped with the essential skills needed to develop strategic and workplans
  • Equipped with the necessary skills to prepare various reports required for PSM programs
Sector Other
General course topics Variety/range of logistics topics in some detail
Specific course topics

This will be a one-week course on managing in-country PSM bottlenecks. This course is designed to equip would-be consultants or PSM-program managers to address in-country PSM challenges.

Scope: Procurement and supply management (PSM) challenges present a key bottleneck to accessing effective treatments in developing countries. Key to strengthening PSM systems is the orientation and training of technical assistance providers and management staff on standardized approaches to identifying and addressing challenges. This should be based on global visions, priorities, and in-country PSM needs. Currently, there are a number of agencies and individual consultants who provide capacity building support in the PSM area. However, most of these are not located in the immediate vicinity of the need and constantly, demand outstrips supply. The small number of experts and lack of capacity among junior and middle management staff is a bottleneck to PSM systems strengthening and implementation. In addition, PSM staff, including managers, often have limited understanding of approaches applied by TA agencies to assist their programs. There is thus need to develop more experts with appropriate skills to assist developmental partners in developing countries to address program, national, and regional challenges and to empower program staff to understand their own challenges and equip them with the necessary skills to address them.

Previously, training programs to address PSM training gaps have been developed and offered, predominantly in the North. The PSA/EPN approach brings the training to the people and works with participants within their settings and contexts. To date, similar courses have been conducted in Uganda, Nigeria, Liberia, and Zambia. Most of our participants have gone on to become consultants in their own right and a number are senior program managers in various programs. Due to increased demand for this course, we will be running three courses this year, one in Zambia, a second one in Nigeria, and a French version Burkina Faso. The course is intensive and requires dedication and self-discipline.

Target Audience: The intended beneficiaries of this program are middle-level and senior level experts in various PSM programs including those supported by national governments and international developmental partners. In addition, the course will carter for private PSM professionals who wish to develop their skills in PSM consultancy. "

Total time commitment 1week
Focus commodity Health, non-RH specific
Accredited No
Accredited by N/A
Certificate name Certificate
Attendance mode In-person
Incentives No
Logistics Topics Coverage % (estimate) 0
Audience Facility Manager
Pre-requisites No
Course fee $2,100
Discount available No
Course included in analysis No