UN Reform and Partnerships
UN Reform is seen as an opportunity to procure supplies for children
and their families faster, better and at an affordable cost. By consolidating
their procurement, UN agencies are able to use the additional leverage
of very large procurement, allowing them to better negotiate prices
collectively. Supply Division regularly shares LTAs with other agencies.
This initiative should improve UNICEF’s response time, and
eventually push prices down.
Nearly half of Supply Division’s procurement is done on behalf
of external partners. This is done through the Procurement Services
strategy, which served approximately 400 customers, composed of governments,
NGOs, UN agencies, academic institutions and philanthropic organizations
Supply Division’s procurement on behalf of GAVI amounted to
approximately $130 million in 2005. During emergencies, both at field
and headquarter levels, UNICEF works closely with the World Food
Programme, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and the United Nations
Joint Logistics Centre (UNJLC) on shipping, logistics and distribution.
In addition, the UNICEF/UNOPS Framework Agreement for Procurement
services signed in January 2005 has been used extensively to provide
services to a number of government and development partners (e.g.
Madagascar). WHO and UNFPA in particular are strong partners on immunization,
medicines, malaria and HIV/AIDS.
MADAGASCAR- Esperance and Sambata (centre)
and their friends smile as they show the school bags they received
at the beginning of the school year in 2004. Bags also contain
education supplies and were procured by UNICEF on behalf of
Ministry of Education.