Supplies and Logistics

The UNICEF Supply Chain

Development and humanitarian supply chains are among the most complex in the world. Ensuring the delivery of supplies to children in situations of conflict, disaster or in hard to reach areas requires technical know-how, innovative solutions, collaboration, and financial resources.

The UNICEF Supply Chain involves working with industry to develop more effective formulations of medicines and products for children whilst keeping prices at affordable and quality at international standards. Every link of the supply chain is essential in ensuring vital supplies reach children.


The UNICEF Supply Chain

Definition of need
Working with governments to design programmes and identify which supplies are needed and in what quantities



Budgeting & planning
Identifying the amount and timing of the required budget and funding sources, and scheduling orders to ensure supplies arrive when and where needed



Buying the right products at the right price and quality via detailed specifications, competitive tendering, smart contracting and innovative funding mechanisms



Delivery & clearance
Arranging transportation from UNICEF warehouses or direct from suppliers to the port-of-entry and customs clearance



Verifying the supplies received areof the correct quantity, condition and quality



Warehousing, distribution & reorder
Transporting supplies through a series of in-country warehouse or distribution points right  to the end-user



Utilisation by end-user
Supplies are provided to children and mothers as part of programme  implementation by governments and partners



Monitoring & evaluation
Closing the feedback loop in terms of on-time delivery and whether supplies were fit for purpose – to continuously improve products for children and
strengthen supply chains



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