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Supplies and Logistics

Target Product Profiles

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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.

If you are interested in receiving updates when we publish new TPPs, please provide your contact information in the sign-up form here.

Target Product Profiles:

Rapid E. coli Detection Tests - Issued September 2016, revised December 2019
Introduction: UNICEF is seeking a solution for innovative and easy to use detection methods that can accurately determine faecal contamination as rapidly as possible.
ResourcesTPP BriefProject PageQ&AStakeholder ConsultationSupplier Sign Up Sheet

Identification of Yellow Fever Infection – Issued July 2019
Introduction: UNICEF is looking for point of care diagnostic tools to ensure accurate and early confirmation of yellow fever cases, including a molecular assay test kit, immunoassay test kit and a rapid diagnostic test.

Yellow Fever Vaccine
Yellow Fever Supplies

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.
Resources: Project PageQ&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.
Resources: Project PageQ&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.
Resources: Project Page, Q&A, Emergency Structures Information Note

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).
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).
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.
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.
Resources: Project Page, Q&A, Pneumonia Diagnostic Information Note

Get more information on Supply Division’s Innovation Unit’s Product Innovation Projects.




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