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|
|Contact information|| |
Please apply online at www.pharmasystafrica.com by filling out the electronic application form under Events.
The extended deadline for applications is May 31, 2016.
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:
|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|
|Course included in analysis||No|