UNDP - Certificate Course: Introduction to Procurement & Supply Chain Management

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UNDP - Certificate Course: Introduction to Procurement & Supply Chain Management



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The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the United Nations' global development network. The UNDP works in about 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. The UNDP helps countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience in order to sustain development results.

Empower's vision is to ​empower lives by promoting universal access to health and education.  We work with health professionals from more than 50 countries to strengthen institutional capacity of global health programs. We also conduct assessments, research and provide advice to donors, governments and UN agencies on sourcing, logistics, pricing, quality, drug regulations, catalyzing local production and technology transfer. We offer intensive programmes (online, classroom and onsite) for participants/organizations seeking a more comprehensive understanding in a specific area of expertise. 




Effective supply chains not only help ensure commodity security, but they also help determine the success or failure of any public health program. Typically, a substantial amount of grant funding goes for health commodities; efficient PSM is paramount to addressing the long-held goals of universal access to health care through the provision of reliably available, quality-assured medicines. The global stakeholders in public health should be able to effectively manage the PSM systems for the health commodities.




The Introduction to Procurement and Supply Chain Management course is an introductory level course jointly developed by UNDP and Empower School of Health. It is designed specially to cater to the needs of professionals working in the field of public health where procurement and supply chain is considered a crucial aspect. The courses are meant for employees of the UNDP as well as non-UNDP workers who are engaged in Procurement and Supply Chain Management (PSM).


This online course provides a platform for beginners to understand the basics by laying the foundation for Procurement and Supply Chain Management. The course focuses on PSM in general, and PSM issues related to public health programs for HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria programme funded by The Global Fund in particular. These interactive courses also include assessments and quizzes at the module level and at the course level. Candidates registered in the courses are certified by the UNDP on successful completion of the course. The certificate course is also available in 3 other languages i.e. French, Spanish, and Russian.



Empower is actively engaged in providing back-end support to all the registered users. This not only includes meeting day to day queries of the users but also updating the courses as and when required. The UNDP PSM course has won several accolades and appreciation from various quarters in imparting training to PSM workers.




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