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Supplies and Logistics

Procurement Services

UNICEF is dedicated to protecting children’s and women’s rights through helping them meet their basic needs and expanding their opportunities. Making essential supplies available, accessible and affordable is core to this commitment.

The objective of Procurement Services is to offer UNICEF's knowledge, purchasing capacity and logistics expertise to our development partners, so that they can use their own financial resources and donor funds to procure life-saving supplies for children.  In this way, partners can use and learn from UNICEF’s expertise in their own efforts to help and ensure equity for children.  Procurement Services is built on partnerships and is not for profit.

Procurement Services is an integrated component of UNICEF’s country programmes of cooperation and has become an important entry point for UNICEF in helping to strengthen national capacity in planning for supply needs, selection of supplies and equipment and their effective delivery and distribution.

Procurement Services is a development mechanism that provides access to UNICEF’s supply networks, experience and expertise to procure strategic, essential commodities for children and to ensure that these are available at household level. It offers a broad approach to supply management, building on national capacities, and includes technical assistance and supply services. It is designed as a transitional mechanism for Governments and other partners until national public and private supply systems can effectively perform this role.

Procurement Services combines global reach with local knowledge, managed from UNICEF’s Supply Division in Copenhagen, in collaboration with the organization’s country offices covering 190 countries and territories around the world.    

In recent years Procurement Services were provided to partners in more than 100 countries, reaching over USD 1.65 billion in procurement value annually. The growth of procurement services in recent years underlines UNICEF's supply chain expertise, combined with its focus on meeting the MDG objectives, and is increasingly recognized by partners as a valued service in meeting their development goals.

Interested parties can contact UNICEF Procurement Services to find out more about the procurement process, submit a request, or for general enquiries.   

UNICEF’s strengths are: 

Global network, local knowledge
UNICEF is active in 190 countries and territories globally. In addition to our main warehouse in Copenhagen, regional supply hubs are located around the world. We are in a unique position to work locally with global standards.

We apply the most rigorous and fair standards to our procurement processes, and follow stringent ethical principles.

The organization has over 65 years of experience in supporting results for children. UNICEF Supply Division is recognized as a leader in vaccine procurement and in the purchase of HIV medicines. We cooperate with other UN agencies and leading development organizations, finding better supply solutions by pooling our knowledge.

Value for money
Our position as market leader in the procurement of basic child vaccines, mosquito nets, etc. gives us unparalleled leverage in negotiating the lowest prices with suppliers. We have long-term arrangements in place with suppliers for hundreds of products, ensuring quality items at highly-competitive prices.

While price is always an issue, we do not compromise on the quality of the items we procure. The Division’s inspectors inspect all supply shipments arriving at the UNICEF warehouse and evaluate samples submitted with bids. Pharmaceuticals and vaccines must comply with Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) guidelines and WHO standards and requirements. We can also arrange for independent quality control, if requested.

Technical expertise
Our Supply Catalogue lists the specifications of some 2,000 items. Supply Division has teams of specialists for a wide range of commodity groups, including vaccines, cold chain and immunization devices, micronutrients and pharmaceuticals including HIV/AIDS and malaria treatments, medical equipment, educational supplies, and water, environment and sanitation items.

Reliable delivery
Our Copenhagen warehouse stocks over 850 items that can be packed and sent within a short time. Global freight-forwarding arrangements ensure quality service at competitive rates.

Supply related services
To ensure the efficient, effective storage and flow of supplies from the port of entry to the household level, UNICEF can provide related services, if required





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