The UNICEF Procurement Services

- What is the UNICEF Procurement Services?
- Who can order?
- What can be ordered?
- Quality Assurance
- What does it cost to use UNICEF Procurement Services?
- How to order?
- Contact UNICEF Procurement services

What is the UNICEF Procurement Services?

The UNICEF Procurement Services Centre (PSC) of the UNICEF Supply Division, offers a full supply package in areas where UNICEF has recognized leadership. As of mid-2001, Procurement Services has had operations in over 65 countries.

The focus is primarily :

  • Supplies in emergencies
  • Health and Nutrition
  • Education and Recreation
  • Water and Sanitation

The Supply Division at UNICEF has been involved in the provision of antiretroviral therapy since 1997 . From 2001, it has cooperated with WHO and jointly tendered competitive prices for HIV serological tests that WHO pre-qualified. Since 2003, UNICEF has routinely included ARV's in its supply service package. It has so far supplied 80 projects in 28 countries with ARVs.

Who can order?

Generally, entities that are non-profit making are eligible for UNICEF procurement services. Sources of funding can be governmental or non-governmental. UNICEF undertakes procurement on behalf of:

  • Governments
  • Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)
  • United Nations Agencies
  • International Financial Institutions
  • Philanthropic organizations
  • Universities

UNICEF does not undertake procurement on behalf of:

  • Individuals
  • Profit-making entities
  • Programmes run by companies involved in the production or sale of alcohol, tobacco, or landmines

What can be ordered?

UNICEF has in the past procured the ARVs listed in Annexe A, and can provide access to any other ARVs provided they are prequalified by WHO or have benefited from market authorization from an ICH collaborating drug regulatory agency. In addition, UNICEF has 1,700 other commodities listed in its catalogue.

Quality Assurance

UNICEF only procures products that have been approved by WHO, from suppliers that appear on WHO’s latest list of pre-qualified suppliers. The single exception to this is if certain products have been granted market authorization in the country requesting the supplies, and these products also meet the Supply division’s stringent quality assessment. This policy will remain in place until the end of 2004.

What does it cost to use the UNICEF Procurement Services?

UNICEF does not make any profit, but is required to recover its costs from providing procurement services. The handling fee is incorporated into the cost estimate provided for each order and is calculated as follows:

  • 6 - 8 per cent depending whether the items are stocked in the UNICEF warehouse or not (with a minimum charge of $300);
  • A 10 per cent buffer for market and foreign exchange fluctuation is added when non-stock items are purchased. Any unused balance is returned after accounts are finalized.

Freight and insurance are charged at cost price, using UNICEF's contracted freight forwarders. UNICEF country offices lend in-country operational support in the receipt, storage and distribution of products acquired through the Procurement Services. Upon request UNICEF can offer a separate package of technical or logistical support. This cost is determined on a case-by-case basis.

Shipment and insurance of goods are included in the cost estimate. UNICEF's freight forwarders deliver the goods to the port of entry closest to the project site. For supplies shipped by air, the major port of entry is the international airport. For sea shipment, the major port of entry is the seaport in the country where the project is to take place. The sea port of entry for land-locked countries varies on a case-by-case basis.

How to order?

Those interested in using the UNICEF Procurement Services should contact the Procurement Services Centre at UNICEF Supply Division, at the address below.


Procurement Services Centre UNICEF Supply Division UNICEF Plads, Freeport DK-2100 Copenhagen Denmark e-mail: Fax: +(45) 35 26 94 21 Tel: +(45) 35 27 32 21