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Managing Government Contracts

A two-day workshop offered through the Government of Alberta Learning Centre for Government staff involved in purchasing general, professional, consulting and advisory services. Offerings are scheduled on September 14 – 15, 2009 (Edmonton), October 13 – 14, 2009 (Calgary), December 1 – 2, 2009 (Edmonton) and February 9 – 10, 2010 (Edmonton).

Course Description

The course is structured around five distinct phases of the contract management cycle:

  1. Planning – developing the terms of reference and obtaining pre-approvals
  2. Pre-Award – soliciting and evaluating proposals from qualified service providers
  3. Award – negotiating, drafting and executing the contract
  4. Implementation – managing and monitoring the contract
  1. Evaluation – of the assignment, contractor, contract management team and the contract file

    Facilitator: Paul Brown, Sean Ludlam or Terry Rogers of Three-E Training, a Victoria-based company established in 1988, specializing in contract and financial, resource and risk management training for provincial and state governments in the Pacific Northwest.

    To register, please use MyAgent on the Government of Alberta Learning Center web site. A schedule of offerings, as well as more course information is also available at this site.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand and comply efficiently and effectively with government contract management policies and procedures
  • Solicit and evaluate proposals from qualified proponents in a competitive, fair and transparent fashion
  • Identify and mitigate risks associated with contracting and contract management
  • Establish a legally binding agreement with a clear framework of accountability for results with the service provider
  • Develop and implement a realistic monitoring and evaluation plan
  • Document for accountability and audit purposes
  • Develop an awareness of sources of contract expertise within the Provincial Government and know when to reach out for assistance to these resources

Competencies Addressed

  • Defining and Purchasing Results
  • Risk Management
  • Accountability and Transparency
  • Governance

Instructional Approach

Lecture, discussion and generic case studies

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