In 2019, the UNICEF procurement of services reached a value of $1.192 billion. The six largest categories account for 70 per cent of the total value of contracting for services.

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25 June 2020
$216.7 million Finance and insurance services

This includes the management of the procurement of supplies directly by beneficiaries via cash transfers to them – one of the procurement modalities used by UNICEF depending on the context.



$169.7 million Local technical workforce for programme execution

This includes human resources working in-country to share expertise within partner governments, to work in social mobilization campaigns and as temporary labour for programmes.



$153.1 million Construction services

Designing, planning, engineering, monitoring and other services supporting construction works.

Key programme areas supported include water and sanitation (e.g. water supply, sewage systems, latrines) and education (e.g. schools, classroom rehabilitation, children’s facilities).



$117.7 million Research, surveys, monitoring and evaluation services

Programmatic research and surveys, market and supply chain analysis and research, monitoring and evaluation of programme implementation.



$90 million International freight services

Globally, UNICEF managed a total freight volume of 62.419 cubic metres of freight by air and 15.876 twenty-foot equivalent units by sea and/or truck.



$83 million In-country logistics  and warehousing services

Support to programmes includes road cargo transport, storage, local aircraft charters and customs brokerage and clearance services, as well as warehousing services.