1. My company registered last year as an approved supplier, but has not been invited to participate in a bid. What does this mean?
You may contact the Supply and Procurement Section, but please note that you will be required to register as an approved supplier before your company can participate in the tender process. Refer to “how to apply”. 3. Will my tender bid be accepted if received after the closing date and time?
No. 4. Does the lowest possible price always win the bid?
No. UNICEF looks for the best value for money, which is not necessarily the cheapest price. A combination of price, quality, lead time, delivery terms and other considerations determine the decision of a bid. 5. To help my company win more contracts, can I invite or sponsor procurement officers to attend courses?
No. Contracts are awarded through an open, honest and transparent tender process that guarantees fairness and equal opportunity to all bidders. 6. Does UNICEF receive gifts?
No. UNICEF does not allow gifts of any nature and forbids suppliers from bringing gifts to UNICEF staff. 7. Does UNICEF pay taxes, VAT and custom duties?
As per convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the United Nations dated 13 February 1946, while the United Nations will not, as a general rule, claim exemption from excise duties and from taxes on the sale of moveable and immovable property which form part of the price to be paid, nevertheless when the United Nations is making important purchases for official use of property on which such duties and taxes have been charged or are chargeable, Member will, whenever possible, make appropriate administrative arrangements for the remission or return of the amount of duty or tax. 8. We have a new product that we believe UNICEF BCO should know about. Whom should we talk to about it?
You can email at or write to the Supply and Procurement Section . 9. Does the Supply and Procurement Section of UNICEF in Bangladesh undertake procurement for other United Nations agencies or for UNICEF globally?
Yes. The Supply and Procurement Section procures not only for UNICEF in Bangladesh but also for other UN agencies and on behalf of UNCEF offices in other countries. 10. Does UNICEF require performance guarantees or bonds?
UNICEF normally does not request performance guarantees or bonds. However, UNICEF may require a successful contractor to furnish performance bonds prior to a contract being awarded where this is industry standard. UNICEF does reference check before placing any orders. 11. How does UNICEF pay suppliers?
UNICEF usually pays suppliers within 30 days, upon receipt of accurate invoices and duly certified delivery of goods or satisfactory performance of contractual services.
UNICEF does not normally pay in advance for goods or services. However, advance payments or progress payments prior to delivery may be approved on an exceptional basis at the discretion of UNICEF, where such payments are normal commercial practice or considered to be in the best interest of UNICEF. 12. Does UNICEF impose liquidated damages for late delivery or substandard work?
Yes. UNICEF may include a liquidated damage clause in contract documents. Please check all solicitation documents for details whenever participating in the tender process.