The project was comprised of the following two components:
- Component I: Evaluation of training needs, definition of training priorities and the development of training programmes
This component consists in establishing a professionalisation strategy and certification framework for the public procurement workforce in Lithuania.
As a starting point of this component, the OECD assessed the capacity and challenges of the public procurement workforce in order to define the training priorities: market analysis, technical specifications, award criteria, integrity and conflict of interest in public procurement, and strategic procurement (green procurement, SME development, innovation, and social responsibility). Built upon this assessment, the OECD designed a certification framework customized to the public procurement workforce in Lithuania, which consists of two levels: Basic and Advanced (in total, 60 hours of course requirement).
Then, the OECD developed training materials and examinations for 14 training courses that cover the procurement topics identified as training priorities. The OECD organised 5-day “Training of trainers” workshops and 4-day pilot sessions to train 29 future trainers of the training courses set out in the certification framework.
The OECD also proposed professionalisation strategy tools to assist Lithuania in advancing the agenda of professionalisation of the public procurement workforce. These tools included methodological assistance, degree/internship program, community of practice, and one-stop shop procurement portal.
- Component II: Development and implementation of the integrated system of public procurement of R&D services.
This component consists in streamline the existing six schemes and mechanisms related to the public procurement of innovation and R&D services. The OECD analysed all the six existing schemes and mechanisms related to the public procurement of R&D services in order to recommend the proposals which contribute to modernising and streamlining the current mechanisms:
- National R&D Programmes (former National Science Programmes)
- Long-term institutional R&D programmes
- Pre-commercial Procurement scheme
- Innovative Public Procurement scheme
- Ministerial Orders for R&D services (Scheme for research and higher education institutions to purchase R&D services)
- Urgent and Required Research and Technology Orders (Need-based R&D Projects)