Tips from the CAIDC Contracts Committee and the CIDA Contracting and Policy Departments
In the course of their professional lives, most Canadian international development consultants find themselves bidding on or being approached to carry out an assignment with CIDA. Those who work frequently with CIDA find that over time the contracting regulations and processes tend to undergo changes, both minor and major. Up-to-date knowledge on how the CIDA contracting processes work is therefore a key tool in any international development consultant’s toolbox.
To give conference participants an opportunity to acquire the most up-to-date insights into CIDA’s contracting processes, we are pleased to provide an ‘armchair’ meeting with Mark Lusignan, Director-General of Grants, Contributions and Contracting Management Division, Grants, Contribution and Contracting Management Division (CF-GCCMD), CIDA, and several of his directors of contracting. The session, as we are planning it, will be an informal exchange of questions and answers with Mark and his team on general contracting issues followed by one-on-one meetings on specific ones. CAIDC members who attended our conference in 2009 will remember that the session in which Mark participated was one of the high points in terms of acquiring a better understanding of the rules of the consulting game. This year’s session, to be held in the afternoon of May 12, promises to be yet another high point.