Kwami Selom Holacio Amevoh
Studying for the Master in Governance and Public Procurement Management for Sustainable Development (GOMAP - Gouvernance et Management des Marchés Publics en appui au développement Durable) at the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization (ITCILO) was an unforgettable experience. It was also an honour to be among the first group of students taking this French-language Master.
After four years of professional work, I was feeling a little rusty. My choice of the ITCILO to boost my procurement skills came from a deep desire to study in an internationally-renowned environment. Studying for this Master course was a necessary complement to the knowledge I had and the teaching given fitted perfectly into my ambitious plan to become a procurement expert able to work wherever my skills are required.
The residential stage in Turin was the most interesting part of this Master which was split into 3 stages. It allowed me to easily share and collect the viewpoints of the other participants from 12 countries on particular issues as well as to establish a network of professionals around the world. The fact that most of the speakers during this stage were practitioners themselves gave the training a very practical feel. There were modules, for example, on e-procurement, donor policies and directives on public contracts, public commissions and sustainable development.
At the end of the residential stage in Turin, I realized that this Master course offered by the ITCILO had been an opportunity to effectively increase my skills to be more competitive in the employment market. In particular, I had to quit my job as a management controller and make a huge investment but once I returned to my country, the returns on this investment were almost immediate. After three months as an individual consultant, I was able to get a job at the procurement and supply chain department at the Office of Togolese Revenue while looking to build an international career.
From this personal experience, I can state that the ITCILO is highly recommended for training to anyone who wants to train and start an international career.
Thank you to all the GOMAP team and staff at the ITCILO