World Vision facilitated a two-day procurement workshop for its local partners in Moldova that include eight organizations, namely Communitas, Step by Step, AVE Copiii, Food Bank, HelpAge, Keystone, WeWorld, and CRIC.
The training brought together 42 professionals from these local NGOs aimed to improve their procurement capacities and equip them with the tools needed implement the processes of acquiring goods and services within humanitarian standards.
The workshop focused on promoting better understanding of procurement policies and regulations within World Vision’s supply chain and procurement management policy, fleet and road safety policy, fuel and vehicle management guidelines and asset management policy.
“Through the workshop, guidelines, policies and tools provided, partners gained understanding and essential knowledge and skills in managing procurement processes, supply chain operations, asset tracking, and finance management,” says Rozana Mancellari, World Vision’s Support Services Director.
Procurement is the process of sourcing products and services which is critical to ensure humanitarian organizations can effectively respond and meet the needs of people being served, while adhering to strict guidelines and policies.
Through the workshop, guidelines, policies and tools provided, partners gained understanding and essential knowledge and skills in managing procurement processes, supply chain operations, asset tracking, and finance management.
“The workshop enables our local partners to develop, update and align their practices with the provided policies and regulations. This ensures compliance and efficient project management,” explains Mancellari.
The participating local organizations can now optimize their decision-making processes, negotiate favorable contracts, and distribute funds more effectively. They are also hoped to learn from World Vision’s accountability measures as good organizational practice.
“As part of the training, partners will make their projects more effective and accountable, so that any international donor-funded project could be successfully implemented,” shares Mancellari.
The ongoing eight projects for Ukrainian refugees and hosting communities in Moldova are currently supported by the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), World Food Program (WFP), Australian Humanitarian Partnership (AHP), World Vision Korea, Global Affairs Canada (GAC), Nachbar in Not (NiN), Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC), Aktion Deutschland Hilft (ADH), and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of Finland.
Through its education, mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS), protection, multi-purpose cash, food security, non-food items (NFI), and health programs, World Vision Ukraine Crisis Response in Moldova has reached over 162,000 people.
Story and photos by Laurentia Jora, Communications Officer