The bulk of UNICEF offshore (global) procurement is for essential commodities for children. These include:
The 2,000 (approximate) standard commodities procured by UNICEF are listed in the Supply Catalogue. The catalogue provides technical specifications for most items. UNICEF does not procure any type of used or second-hand merchandise.
UNICEF Country Offices also procure a range of commodities. However, local procurement is not allowed for vaccines, auto-disable syringes, safety boxes (for disposal of injection equipment), pharmaceuticals, micronutrients and therapeutic foods. Suppliers should contact their nearest UNICEF Country Office for further information.
Food and Clothing
UNICEF does not procure food, other than specific therapeutic foods for use in emergency situations. Generally, UNICEF does not procure clothing, except in limited quantities for very specific emergency situations.
In rare cases, UNICEF procures goods and services that fall outside the major commodity groups listed above. These goods are usually for special projects or emergency programming, and need to be procured at short notice. Please consult our Expressions of Interest on a regular basis for current requirements.