UNICEF Procurement Services works with governments and other
partners to help them in their efforts to procure supplies
for children and their communities, efforts which complement
UNICEF-supported programmes and increase their scale and impact.
As part of Supply Division, Procurement Services staff coordinate
the provision of supplies and related management services,
in close collaboration with UNICEF Country and Regional Offices.
Supply Division has developed a full supply management package
in areas in which UNICEF has recognised leadership, such as
vaccines, mosquito nets and pharmaceuticals. This package
extends the reach of Procurement Services beyond the provision
of supplies to include in-country logistics, capacity building,
and project management, amongst other activities.
In 2004, the value of all Procurement Services procurements
totalled $235 million (including freight). Since 2003, orders
have thus increased by 64 per cent, proving that there is
a strong demand for UNICEF’s values of integrity, transparency,
reliability and operational ethics. Commodities are now shipped
to more than 90 countries around the world. The impressive
growth in recent years also underlines that
UNICEF’s procurement expertise, combined with its capacity
to meet requests, is increasingly recognised by partners.