A critical role that procurement practitioners serve is planning for contingencies when business operations are interrupted. Practitioners must understand how to determine risks and mitigate them through the creation of a business continuity plan.
In order to successfully earn a digital badge, learners must:
- Explain the major steps to create a business continuity plan.
- Prioritize essential procurement functions.
- Identify the resources needed for each procurement function, activity, or task.
- Identify and evaluate risks to procurement operations.
- Identify any needs for policy or documentation changes.
- Create and compile back-up documentation.
- Plan communications strategies.
- Identify appropriate emergency contracts and internal entity agreements for specific events.
- Create a plan to execute the strategies such as prioritizing timelines, budgeting, resources, etc.
- Conduct formal emergency preparedness training.
- Test emergency preparedness policies and procedures.
- Determine lessons learned from a business interruption or simulation.
Designed to promote applicable experiences for practitioners working in the public sector, NIGP’s Pathways competency courses empower learners with the ready-to-implement actions they need to succeed in public procurement. This introductory course is designed for:
- Public procurement and central warehouse professionals who serve as assistants, coordinators, buyers, or equivalent functions within their respective entities.
- Non-procurement managers and supervisors who are responsible for either the procurement function or staff who provide procurement functions under delegated authority.
- Professionals who are employed by governing entities and special authorities (such as K-12 and higher education, publicly-owned utilities, transportation providers, and other publicly-funded or created organizations) that either serve within or manage the procurement function.
Suppliers or representatives of suppliers seeking to understand the public procurement function from a holistic level, including the policies, standards, and procedures by which public entities must function.