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UNICEF Innovation

Emergency Structures

UNICEF Image: People outisde a tent at a UNICEF supported health center for people displaced by floods at the Toukra IDP site in N'Djamena, Chad on Monday October 22, 2012.
© UNICEF/UN012289/Sokhin

Requests for Proposals for Multipurpose Tents and Staff Structures were published October 2017 and are available here.

Response deadline 23:59 Copenhagen time on 4 December 2017.

More information below.




In emergency situations, UNICEF uses “multipurpose tents” of sizes 24m², 48m², 72² for schools, health clinics, nutrition facilities, distribution points and child friendly spaces. UNICEF also needs structures to provide adequate living and office space for UNICEF staff in these situations. Such structure solutions need to be rapidly deployable, flexible and made ready for use in the shortest possible timeframe and meet the desired design and performance requirements. Feedback received from field colleagues and partners is that the current structures are not ideal for programmatic use and improvements can be made such as temperature control, ventilation, storage, transportation and anchoring to better serve different purposes and functions.


Over the years, UNICEF has received feedback from country offices calling for emergency structures that can serve a variety of purposes. The basic tents have not been able to satisfy the multiplicity of environmental, cultural, and programmatic needs in the contexts where UNICEF operates. Due to this, UNICEF conducted market research on commercially available structure solutions in 2014 to see whether there were novel solutions available. Following this, needs requirements were gathered through interviews with UNICEF colleagues and partners to ensure requirements throughout the supply chain were captured from various regions and geographic conditions. It was identified that the current multipurpose tents and staff accommodation and office structures were not entirely fit-for-purpose, however there was no readily available solution on the market that met all of UNICEF’s needs. Two Target Product Profiles (TPP) were developed as a result outlining the minimum and ideal product, performance and user requirements to guide industry to develop improved emergency structures. 


In February 2017, two industry consultation webinars were held following the release of the two TPPs to ensure industry had an opportunity to gain clarity on UNICEF's emergency structure requirements. A V2.0 of each TPP was subsequently published following input from suppliers, in March 2017. In October 2017 updated versions of the TPPs were published on the UNICEF TPP page and Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for Multipurpose Tents and Staff Structures were published. RFP documents are available at the following links:

Request for Proposals for Multipurpose Tents Response deadline 23:59 Copenhagen time on 4 December 2017

Request for Proposals for Staff Structures Response deadline 23:59 Copenhagen time on 4 December 2017


Subject to the availability of solutions that meet the requirements outlined in the RFP, UNICEF will evaluate a subset of solutions in different field locations.


Suppliers interested in responding to the RFP and potentially becoming a supplier to UNICEF must register with United Nations Global Marketplace (UNGM).



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