UNICEF is a world leader in the procurement of supplies for children. The central objective of UNICEF Procurement Services is to assist development partners in the procurement of quality, value-for-money supplies from reliable manufacturers. In this way, partners can use and learn from UNICEF’s expertise in their own efforts to help children.
Procurement Services provides a broad approach to supply management, building on national capacities, and includes technical assistance, management services and supply services.
The main focus areas are:
In 2011, the value of all Procurement Services transactions totalled $1.154 billion. Commodities were shipped to partners in 108 countries around the world. The growth of procurement services in recent years underlines UNICEF's procurement expertise, combined with its focus on meeting the MDG objectives, and is increasingly recognised by partners as a valued service in meeting their development goals.
There are many advantages to becoming a UNICEF partner. Procurement Services combines global reach with local knowledge, managed from UNICEF’s Supply Division in Copenhagen, in collaboration with the organization’s country offices covering 158 countries and territories around the world.