Strengthening Systems through Effective Procurement

Strengthening Systems
Effective Procurement

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The Global Programme Learning Zone

We welcome you to the E-learning site of the UNFPA Global Programme.

The Global Programme to Enhance Reproductive Health Commodity Security (GPRHCS) aims to assist countries with the skills and guidance to plan for their own needs, and provide training to develop capacity at every step. As such, your commitment to improvement and learning to serve the population, as well as to improve your personal skills, is highly appreciated.

To find out more about the Global Programme you can click on the links in the 'Brochures' panel opposite.

We wish you a pleasant learning experience.

Audience and Access

Please note, that the following platform is dedicated to employees of Governments, NGOs, and Academic Institutions. For UN staff and everyone else, please refer to the information in the box on the right.

To gain access to the e-courses, please click on the Learning Zone. The first time you access the system, you will need to receive a user login and password provided by the Global Programme Team. To request an account please contact Rachel Kouassi-Zessia at

The E-Courses

UNFPA has developed three e-courses in the area of Procurement with special focus on reproductive health commodities. The courses are available at no cost and are accessible at any time, offering flexible learning as the system allows users to resume from where they left off. This means users do not need to complete the courses in one session. The courses include:

  1. UNFPA - Introduction to Procurement, which explains the key steps and principles to be applied when procuring goods and services. Available in: English, Arabic, French, Russian Mongolian, Portuguese, Spanish.
  2. UNFPA - Ethics in Procurement, which focuses on the role of ethics in specific stages of the procurement process. Available in: English, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.
  3. NEW! UNFPA - Quality Assurance of Medicines provides a better understanding of the general policy and legislative framework and processes that apply at country and international levels. The processes provide guidance that must be followed in order to assure that a medicine complies with the quality, safety and efficacy of international standards needed to serve its purpose within the health programs. Currently only available in English, with French and Spanish on the way.
  4. Planned for 2015! The team is also in the process of developing other e-courses, such as: WHO’s Good Governance for Medicines (to be released in June), and Distribution and Warehousing.
If you are UN staff or other external user, new to the Global Programme's Learning Zone and wish to access the e-courses at no cost, please click HERE to self-register on United Nations System Staff Collage (UNSSC) e-learning platform for free. Once registered, you will be able to find the relevant e-courses under UN Business Practices group, by clicking HEREShould you encounter difficulties with registration process or access the e-courses, please refer to our ‘User Manual’. Should the problem persist, please contact Lukasz Maciejewski at

Latest News

18 June 2015 - E-Learning update

As modules are being developed, it will be interesting to see which module is of most interest.  Three more modules are planned...Read More

04 May 2015 - Level 2 Ethics in Procurement now available in Portuguese and Russian

We are happy to announce that, in addition to our existing English, French and Spanish versions, the highly popular, free of charge course on the Ethics in Procurement has been translated and fully vo...Read More

06 April 2015 - The Quality Assurance of Medicines e-course has just been published!

In this course, you can gain or refresh your knowledge about quality assurance of pharmaceuticals with special emphasis on how quality assurance applies to procurement. By completing the e-course, ...Read More

04 March 2015 - GPRHCS courses are now universally available on UNSSC site for free!

We are happy to share with everyone that thanks to our new partnership with the United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC), our e-courses on: Introduction to P...Read More