International Development


The CIPS International Development team works with governments and International Funding Institutions (IFIs) including the World Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the United Nations, to deploy their funding effectively to build a sustainable procurement environment.

We help them and their client beneficiaries achieve:

  • best practice
  • transparency and accountability
  • ethical behaviour
  • anti-corruption
  • eradication of modern slavery
  • value for money
  • trained professionals

We offer:

  • advice and support on the development of governance structures for public procurement
  • guidance and support in the drafting and development of procurement laws, regulations and policies
  • five internationally recognised qualifications ranging from the Certificate in Procurement and Supply Operations to the Professional Diploma in Procurement and Supply for individuals and groups
  • for corporate entities we offer the CIPS Corporate Certification Primary Award
  • a wide range of practical training courses ranging in duration from a half day to five days plus tailored training and development programmes which reflect the local operating environment
  • design and development of many ‘compliance-plus’ training courses which comprise both the country’s procurement rules and regulations and professional and technical knowledge

We also build sustainability of capacity and capability by:

  • training trainers for all levels of CIPS programmes
  • developing and establishing study centres, helping them to deliver national and CIPS qualifications in an effective and consistent manner

As a trusted advisor to governments and public sector entities globally, we are able to serve the public of nations worldwide, with the breadth to reflect local cultural and environmental differences. The CIPS International Development Team is ready to help your organisation achieve best value from your development projects.

CIPS Corporate Certification Primary Award

Developed in conjunction with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), CIPS Corporate Certification Primary Award is specifically designed to help International Funding Institutions to deploy funding effectively and achieve sustainable and measurable improvement in procurement practices from recipients or client beneficiaries.

Corporate Certification Primary Award assesses a recipient organisation’s fundamental procurement processes against an internationally respected standard, demonstrating compliance to legislation, legal frameworks and ethical standards. By assessing policies and procedures, CIPS is able to measure the operational maturity of a procurement and supply chain function, make recommendations for improvements, and deliver results back to the business.

Read the product sheet for more information.

Hear from some organisations that have achieved CIPS Primary Award. Download the full case studies paper here or read our featured studies below:

Public Enterprise for State Roads (PESR)

PESR is responsible for the maintenance of all state roads covering the geographic area of the Republic of North Macedonia. The organisation is a public enterprise located in Skopje, the capital of the Republic of North Macedonia.

Like the previous case study, the organisation was a CIPS and EBRD initiative to ensure that appropriate procurement governance and controls were in place for effective and legally compliant purchases.

During the certification process, the organisation worked with a CIPS professional who guided them through the whole process, helped identify strengths and weaknesses, and gave tips and advice on how to improve their overall performance. As a result, the productivity and efficiency of the procurement team increased, and they were able to improve the organization of their work.

Public Company Republic of Srpska Motorways

PCRS Motorways is responsible for completing the construction of new motorways and high-speed roads in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The company employs around 150 people divided across three units: Technical, Financial and Legal. One of the main activities for legal department and the company itself is public procurement.

The CIPS Primary Award was a prerequisite of the loan agreement between the company and the EBRD. For PCRS Motorways, this presented an opportunity to identify key challenges and develop more efficient procurement processes.

The biggest challenge they faced in procurement was the efficient use of time and resources. Since undertaking the certification process, they have been able to address this challenge, as well as make significant improvements to their code of ethics, skill gap development, and compliance monitoring.

Public Company Motorways of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina Ltd Mostar

PC Highways FB&H ltd. is responsible for the construction, operation and maintenance of the country’s highways. When seeking funding from the EBRD for one of its biggest infrastructure projects, a condition of the loan agreement was to achieve the CIPS Primary Award. The organisation used this as an opportunity to improve the approach and professionalism of their procurement function.

Classified as a strategic function, the organisation views procurement as a way to boost profitability, streamline processes, reduce prices and costs, and identify better sources of supply. As such, procurement strategy is an integral part of the organisation’s business plan.

During the certification process, the organisation worked with a CIPS professional who guided them through the whole process, helped identify strengths and weaknesses, and gave tips and advice on how to improve their overall performance. As a result, the productivity and efficiency of the procurement team increased, and they were able to improve the organization of their work.

Working with CIPS to achieve the Primary Award, the team were able to observe all processes from different points of view, for example, commercial, operations and so on. This enabled them to identify genuine gaps in their procurement processes, specifically in risk management, contract management and code of ethics.

Having achieved certification, they have adopted a more collaborative approach with its suppliers, a factor that contributes to continual improvement of its procurement processes.

Public Enterprise Macedonian Railways Infrastructure (PEMRI)

Responsible for all rail maintenance and operational infrastructure across the country, the organisation’s procurement function is of vital importance. In 2017, the function’s expenditure was 105,756,630 Macedonian Denars (approximately £1.5 million).

The organisation underwent the Primary Award certification as a result of a CIPS and EBRD initiative to ensure that appropriate procurement governance and controls were in place for effective and legally compliant purchases. The scope of the assessment covered all ‘own funded’ procurement subject to Macedonian Law on Public Procurement, and not project work sponsored by the EBRD or any other grant funding organisation.

It was the first company on the territory of the Republic of North Macedonia to obtain the CIPS Primary Award certificate and, with it, international recognition.

Belgrade Waterworks and Sewerage

BW&C is a public utility company based in Belgrade, employing around 2,500 people. The company’s main activity is to collect and purify raw water and to distribute drinking water to the city’s residents. It is also responsible for collecting and disposing urban wastewater, and managing sewerage operations.

Every year, the company’s activities depend on the procurement of materials, the servicing of equipment, and the execution of works. Which is why the role of procurement in the organisation is considered of great importance.

While working towards the CIPS Primary Award certification, the team considered all aspects of BW&C’s procurement process – and identified the potential risks that arise. As a result, they were able to find and put in place adequate mechanisms to eliminate or minimise these risks.

Romanian Water Companies

With help from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Compania de Apa Oradea is one of twelve Romanian water companies undergoing a programme of procurement transformation – and the first Romanian firm to achieve the CIPS Primary Award.

The company supplies water and sewerage services to around 200,000 people living in and around the city of Oradea, in the west of the country. Thanks to the programme, it has improved the procurement function in a number of ways, such as developing the strategic capabilities of its procurement staff, improving efficiencies, and encouraging transparency and accountability across its operations

The accreditation journey has also played a significant role in supporting the water companies to make cost savings, leading to an enhanced credibility with both internal and external stakeholders. Having already achieved immediate and substantial benefits, each of the companies have said they intend to progress to the next level of Certification (Standard Award), to achieve true procurement excellence.

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