Public procurement is the process of acquisition of goods or services by public bodies with the aim of ensuring transparency and fair competition. One of the main reasons for regulating the public procurement is to bring its operational level close to the model functioning at private market, through a system of open competition and by avoiding preferential purchasing practices that favour local entities. E-Procurement has more and more found its way into private markets and public bodies both creating control mechanism and challenges for law enforcement agencies simultaneously. This dilemma results in loopholes through which criminal organisations may still find a way to participate in procurement bids. In continuation of previous activities, the Department for Security and Public Safety (DSPS) within the OSCE Mission in Kosovo (OMiK) will organize a one-day training regarding “E-Procurement Investigation” as a comprehensive capacity building endeavour based on the needs and local specifics to support efforts to strengthen the Kosovo framework in this portfolio. Amongst the main interest areas, the training course will help improve the participants’ knowledge in relation to data management and electronic discovery, data analysis techniques for fraud detection, evidence gathering, investigative techniques and litigation processes. It will involve all competent institutions being expected to ensure the effective implementation of Kosovo’s Anti-Corruption Strategy. The said training is furthermore considered as a sustained investment in improving the interagency co-operation between the competent stakeholders being unanimously considered by them as “in need of improvement” to date.
To enhance the capacities of training participants representing Kosovo’s key agencies in the fight against corruption with an emphasis on public sector organizations using E-Procurement. Moreover, the training should noticeably improve the co-operation between criminal investigators, prosecutors and the judiciary in future.
The duration of consultancy is two (2) working days between 01 June and 26 June 2019.
Tasks and Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the Activity Manager, the international expert will provide the participants with his/her knowledge and expertise in the area of e-procurement investigation to ensure efficient and effective investigations in the aforementioned field of work in future.
The international expert will be responsible for the following:
Introducing relevant EU Directives related to E-Procurement and their applicability in Kosovo
Other noteworthy practices to enhance transparency of conduct of private parties participating in public procurement bids?
Mechanisms to exclude corrupt bidders from public E-Procurement in Kosovo
Legal gaps to be closed by the Kosovo legislator
Continuous monitoring of the implementation of contracts to exclude involvement of criminal elements at a later stage
Need for both public and private initiatives to generate policy developments aimed at the prevention and fight against corruption.
Remuneration will depend on the qualifications and experience of individual experts as well as the detailed work plan to be agreed upon and will be based on the current OSCE consultancy rates.
How to Apply
In order to apply for this position you must complete the OSCE's online application form, found underhttps://jobs.osce.org/.Applicants are encouraged to use the online recruitment and only fully completed OSCE applications will be accepted. However, if you have technical difficulties with the system you may use the offline application form found under https://jobs.osce.org/resources/document/offline-application-form and forward the completed form quoting the vacancy number by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org. In line with your qualifications please indicate preference to one or more field of expertise listed above (while using the online application the field of expertise preference can be indicated in the cover letter part). Kindly note that applications received after the deadline, submitted in different formats than the OSCE Application Form or in other languages than the English language would not be considered. The OSCE is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious, ethnic and socialbackgrounds to apply.