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Effective Contract Administration Skills

Overview:

Introduction:

The overall aim of this course is to provide participants with the knowledge, concepts, skills, and tools necessary to manage and administer contracts post-award. Participants in this interactive course will learn all the processes and activities required to implement contractual obligations. The course will also cover contract administration best practices

Course Objectives:

At the end of this course the participants will be able to:

  • Outline the major activities and steps of contract administration
  • Identify administration tools that are used during the implementation as well as the role of the contract administrator
  • Create a system to evaluate contractors and determine their strengths and weaknesses and demonstrate the importance of partnership in contract administration
  • Explain the different types of variation orders, claims, and damages
  • Prepare for negotiating contract variations and claims to reach a satisfactory settlement

Targeted Audience:

All those involved in any aspect of implementing, managing, or administering contracts in the post-award phase of the contracting process and who want to learn about the best practices in contract administration

Course Outlines:

Unit 1: Principles of Contracts:

  • Elements of a contract
  • Contract framework
  • Purposes of contract administration
  • Difficulties encountered in contract administration
  • Contract administration major steps
  • Competencies of contract administrators

Unit 2: Contract Administration Tools:

  • Key principles
  • Knowing your contract
  • Contract provisions affecting implementation
  • Tools and techniques for contract administration
  • Dissection technique
  • Records management system
  • Change control system
  • Claims administration
  • Issues and risks logs
  • Risk management plans
  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Performance reporting
  • Developing schedule plans
  • Lessons learned
  • International contracting

Unit 3: Contractor Evaluation:

  • Questionnaire and surveys
  • Contractor's ratings
  • Key performance indicators
  • Targets and benchmarks
  • Service level agreement (SLA)
  • Managing subcontractors
  • Partnership with contractors

Unit 4: Changes, Claims, and Disputes:

  • Changes and variation orders
  • Change process
  • Breach of contract
  • Money damages
  • Equitable remedies
  • Claims and disputes
  • Alternative dispute resolution
  • Mediation
  • Arbitration
  • Contract closeout

Unit 5: Negotiation:

  • Negotiation preparation
  • Negotiation objectives
  • Negotiation guidelines

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