The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) are pleased to offer scholarships for a total of two (2) candidates to complete the International Master in Public Procurement Management (IMPPM) degree programme at the University of Rome Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy, for the academic year 2024/2025. For the second consecutive year, the CDB's financing of the scholarship is made possible by Technical Assistance Funds provided by the Government of the Republic of Italy.
Following the successful launch of the first CDB-IMPPM scholarship in 2022, the CDB and the IDB now wish to jointly support this initiative. This is aligned with both institutions' commitment to promote the enhancement of the public financial management systems of their Countries. The initiative is intended to facilitate the establishment of a potential route for Caribbean countries to build procurement capacity and enhance the professionalisation of the public procurement workforce while raising awareness of best international practices in procurement. The CDB and the IDB support the development of skilled procurement professionals with the capacity to deliver the best value for money from scarce public funds, while ensuring the highest standards of integrity in their Borrowing Member Countries. This is essential for the achievement of the intended development outcomes under CDB/IDB-financed projects as well as for realising national strategic priorities.
The IMPPM Programme
The International Master in Public Procurement Management (IMPPM) is a full-time, postgraduate programme offered by the University of Rome, Tor Vergata, Italy. The one-year programme typically runs from March to February and includes classroom lectures held in Rome from March to July, followed by a distance learning Module and a mandatory, professional internship in the home agency/institution and a final thesis.
The programme is delivered completely in English and takes the form of traditional class units for a total length of 4.25 consecutive months. It is comprised of 13 modules covering relevant topics in public procurement, procurement law and economics, integrity and anticorruption, negotiations, sustainable and innovative procurement and PPPs, among others. Due to the formal requirements of the University in Italy, and the design of the program, attendance of all modules is compulsory and students are required to actively participate. For each module, students must take the relative exam to evaluate the acquisition of the skills.
This year’s edition is expected to start in March 2024.
Further information on the programme structure can be found at: Program Structure - Public Procurement Management International Master (masterprocurement.eu)
The scholarship would cover:
- the full tuition fee for the postgraduate programme;
- travel costs to and from Italy for the programme;
- an allowance to live on campus at the university and for subsistance costs;
- partial coverage of visa fees and other essential bureaucratic expenses required to travel and study in Italy .
The selected candidate would be required to:
- be based in Rome for a period of 4.25 consecutive months;
- be released by their employer from professional duties for the duration of the in-lecture period in Rome, and to have their employer’s support to undertake the associated distance learning module free from professional duties. Students are requested to submit a Letter of Release to this effect as a condition for admission to the programme;
- complete a professional internship of 500 hours within their home organisation;
- write a final dissertation which shall consist of a case study on procurement issues related to their own organisation and/or country and/or the Caribbean region;
- serve their employer for a period of at least 12 months following the completion of this programme. An acceptable agreement must be arranged with the successful candidate’s employer whereby the participant would reimburse the full value of tuition costs for the programme should the candidate serve for less than the stipulated period; and
- meet the eligibility and selection criteria described below.
Eligibility and selection criteria
To be eligible for the scholarship, candidates must:
- be a citizen of an eligible country  ;
- meet the Admission Requirements defined by the University, including: (i) having at least 5 years of in-depth experience in a public procurement professional role in a Borrowing Member Country of the CDB/IDB government or Caribbean regional institution; (ii) having achieved at least a recognized Master’s level University degree; (iii) be proficient in English;
- demonstrate their intention to fully utilise this opportunity to learn so they can give back to their country/organisation and further the professionalisation of public procurement in the Caribbean; and
- should not have any business or personal relationships with CDB, IDB or the Tor Vergata University that would create a conflict of interest. A declaration to this effect must be submitted.
 Eligible countries are: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, The Bahamas, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands.
Submissions must include:
- A motivational cover letter highlighting applicant’s interest in the scholarship programme
- Confirmation that the candidate meets the above-stated eligibility requirements, including absence of conflict of interest; and
- An updated Curriculum Vitae.
A joint CDB-IDB evaluation panel will review submissions, taking into account the Caribbean member countries of each Bank, and select up to 6 shortlisted candidates. CDB/IDB will then send the short list to the University of Rome Tor Vergata for further eligibility check and for the candidates to be interviewed. Upon notification of having been shortlisted, candidates will be asked submit the Letter of Release (mentioned above) from professional duties to the University. Finally CDB/IDB and Tor Vergata University will select two succesful candidates who will pursue the Master programme.