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Target Product Profiles

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UNICEF creates Target Product Profiles (TPPs) to communicate requirements for products which are currently not available on the market but which fulfil a priority need to be used in the unique context in which UNICEF and its partners operate. TPPs include information on how the new product will be used, by or for whom, and the minimum and ideal performance criteria. The purpose of TPPs is to guide industry to develop products that meet UNICEF’s needs, however they do not act as the final procurement specifications but rather as a list of desired requirements that combined describes the ideal product considering the context.

UNICEF recognizes that innovation is an iterative process, and that suppliers must balance sometimes competing requirements against product development progress. To allow for creativity, and the innovation process to take its course, TPPs are less prescriptive than procurement specifications, and can therefore be challenged by the industry. The process that follows the release of a TPP varies pending the maturity of the market/technology but would usually follow these steps:

1) A stakeholder/industry consultation is held to provide stakeholders with an opportunity to question the requirements in the TPP, and for UNICEF to provide clarity on requirements and learn of any challenges industry may have, in order to accelerate product development. 


2) Based on the feedback from the consultation process a revised TPP is released. 


3) UNICEF monitors the progress of the market and when products responding to the performance requirements of the TPP become available, a tender is launched to identify solutions to be field trialled in UNICEF’s context (in some cases the date of the tender is announced at the time of the TPP release).


4) The products which yield positive field trial results, will be considered for procurement.


It is important to note that TPPs are independent from UNICEF procurement cycles and therefore remain active and accessible on this page to inform new and existing suppliers of minimum and ideal product requirements. 

Below are a list of TPPs developed by UNICEF and partners, which informs on product requirements for a new/improved solution. For UNICEF bidding opportunities, please go to UNICEF’s Bidding Opportunities page or United Nations Global Marketplace.

Target Product Profiles:

Height/length Measurement Device - Issued December 2016
Introduction: UNICEF is seeking solutions for portable and accurate height/length measurement devices as feedback from the field and recent reviews of household survey data quality have shown that the current device used to measure height and length of infants, children and adults do not yield accurate results.
Status: The TPP is open for questions and will be followed up with a Request for Proposals Q3 2017.
Comments: If you are a supplier developing devices responding to the requirements outlined in the TPP and are interested in proposing those to UNICEF, then please consult the TPP brief for further information.
Resources: TPP BriefProject PageQ&A

Emergency Structures: Multipurpose Tents Version 2.0 - Issued December 2016, Revised March 2017
Introduction: UNICEF has received feedback from Country Offices calling for emergency structures that can serve a variety of purposes. This project is therefore looking for a suitable emergency structure which meets UNICEF needs for a multipurpose tent.
Status: The TPP will be followed up with a Request for Proposals Q2 2017.
Comments: Suppliers should check the page regularly to stay informed of any additions or edits to the TPP brief and TPP, and clarifications given at Q&A link below.
Resources: TPP Brief, Project PageQ&A

Emergency Structures: Staff Structures Version 2.0  - Issued December 2016, Revised March 2017
Introduction: UNICEF has received feedback from Country Offices calling for emergency structures that can serve a variety of purposes. This project is therefore looking for a suitable emergency structure which meets UNICEF needs for Staff Accommodation and Office.
Status: The TPP will be followed up with a Request for Proposals Q2 2017.
Comments: Suppliers should check the page regularly to stay informed of any additions or edits to the TPP brief and TPP, and clarifications given at Q&A link below.
Resources: TPP BriefProject Page, Q&A

Rapid E. coli Detection - Issued September 2016
Introduction: UNICEF is seeking a solution for innovative and easy to use detection methods that can accurately determine faecal contamination as rapidly as possible.
Status: UNICEF Supply Division and the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme convened a global stakeholder consultation November 22nd 2016, to discuss the TPP and potential solutions. As a result of feedback from this meeting, the TPP will be revised.
Comments: Please look for updates in early 2017.
Resources: Project Page, Stakeholder Consultation

Accessible Latrine Slab for Emergencies – Issued April 2016
Introduction: Current sanitation products (including latrine slabs and super-structures) used in emergencies do not include components for enabling access by elderly or persons living with disabilities (including children). UNICEF is seeking solutions to improve access to latrines in emergency contexts.
Status:
 UNICEF will be field trialing designs in 2017.  
Comments: A revised TPP has been updated (V 2.2) and an RFP to solicit prototypes for field trials was issued April 4th. Responses are requested by Monday 3rd of July 2017 at 23:59 hrs (Copenhagen time). 
Resources: Project Page, Q&A

Zika Vaccine – Issued July 2016, Revised February 2017
Introduction: UNICEF Supply Division is working together with partners to advance R&D and the commercial environment to address gaps in the vaccine market urgently required to fight Zika Virus (ZIKV).
Status: WHO launched a revised Zika vaccine TPP in February 2017. 
Comments: This is the first UNICEF-WHO joint TPP developed. 
Resources: Project Page

Zika Diagnostic Test – Issued April 2016
Introduction: There are limitations of current diagnostic tests for Zika. Market scoping from both partners in PAHO, WHO as well as SD has shown gaps of current diagnostic tests that meet the programmatic need. With no accurate (sensitive and specific) Point of Care (POC) diagnostic available on the market, UNICEF is seeking innovation for ZIKV diagnostics (POC). 
Status: UNICEF SD launched the first Request for Proposal (RFP) for ZIKV diagnostics tenders in February 2017 to supply UNICEF programme countries and will seek to establish 36-month long-term arrangements (LTAs) for the period 2017-2019. As part of the tenders, suppliers can bid for an Advance Purchase Commitment (APC) to guarantee potential suppliers product off take.
Comments: This is the first UNICEF-WHO-PAHO joint TPP developed.
Resources: Project Page, Zika Virus Diagnostics Note

Acute Respiratory Infection Diagnostic Aid – Issued November 2014
Introduction:
Status: Field trial preparations are underway.
Comments: Since the launch of the TPP, UNICEF has had many discussions with different manufacturers, academia and developers of ARIDA devices on product clarifications and queries beyond the TPP. Consult the Q&A document for further information.
Resources: Project Page, Q&A

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