Target Product Profiles
Community health volunteer Mariam Diarra uses a device to time the breathing of eight-month old Gimbala in Mali
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 through the TPP brief 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 is 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 the United Nations Global Marketplace (UNGM). Bidding opportunities from other UN organizations are also available on the UNGM’s tender notices page. To easily see all UNICEF opportunities on the UNGM’s tender notices page, click on ‘Show more criteria’ and enter UNICEF as the selected UN organization.
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Target Product Profiles:
Height/length Measurement Device - Issued December 2016, revised September 2017
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 does not yield accurate results.
Status: Devices developed on the basis of the TPP are currently being evaluated by UNICEF as part of the subsequent tender process.
Resources: Project Page, Q&A, Supplier Sign Up Sheet
Emergency Structures: Multipurpose Tents Version 3.0 - Issued December 2016, revised March 2017 and October 2017
Introduction: UNICEF is looking for a suitable emergency structure meeting UNICEF needs for a multipurpose tent, which can be rapidly deployed and made ready for use, offering fit-for purpose spaces in the shortest possible timeframe.
Status: Multipurpose tents developed on the basis of the TPP are currently being evaluated by UNICEF as part of the subsequent tender process.
Resources: Project Page, Q&A, Emergency Structures Information Note
Emergency Structures: Staff Structures Version 3.0 - Issued December 2016, revised October 2017
Introduction: UNICEF is looking for a suitable emergency structure meeting UNICEF needs for staff accommodation and office, which can be rapidly deployed and made ready for use, offering fit-for purpose spaces in the shortest possible timeframe.
Status: Emergency staff structures developed on the basis of the TPP are currently being evaluated by UNICEF as part of the subsequent tender process.
Resources: Project Page, Q&A, Emergency Structures Information Note
Rapid E. coli Detection - Issued September 2016, revised August 2017
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 on 22 November 2016 to discuss the TPP and potential solutions. As a result of feedback from this meeting, the TPP has been revised in conjunction with a technical advisory committee.
Resources: TPP Brief, Project Page, Q&A, Stakeholder Consultation, Supplier Sign Up Sheet
Accessible Latrine Slab for Emergencies – Issued April 2016
Introduction: UNICEF is seeking solutions to improve access to latrines in emergency contexts as 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).
Status: UNICEF undertook field trials in Angola in early 2018. Field trial results are currently being compiled.
Resources: Project Page, Q&A
Zika Vaccine – Issued July 2016, revised February 2017
Introduction: UNICEF 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.
Resources: Project Page
Zika Diagnostic Test – Issued April 2016
Introduction: UNICEF in collaboration with WHO is driving the development of efficient and accurate diagnostics for both active infections and evidence of prior infection with ZIKV.
Status: UNICEF launched the first Request for Proposal (RFP) for ZIKV diagnostics tenders in February 2017. In June 2018, UNICEF issued its second RFP for the Procurement of Zika Virus (ZIKV) Diagnostics (for testing at point-of-care), including for access to an Advance Purchase Commitment (APC) for procurement during the period of 2017-2019.
Resources: Project Page, Zika Virus Diagnostics Note
Acute Respiratory Infection Diagnostic Aid – Issued November 2014
Introduction: UNICEF is seeking to identify devices capable of automatically counting the number of breaths per minute of children affected by pneumonia.
Status: In 2017 the project undertook field trials for one device in Ethiopia. Acceptability field trials for two devices have been undertaken in Ethiopia and Nepal in 2018. Field trial results are currently being compiled.
Resources: Project Page, Q&A, Pneumonia Diagnostic Information Note
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