Welcome to UNFPA Procurement

For more than 30 years, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, has been procuring contraceptives and related commodities for the developing world. Through its extensive experience and solid track record, UNFPA is today the largest public sector procurer of these items. Our unique expertise in this area and the significant volume of contraceptives procured annually allows for access to the most favourable international pricing. As the leading procurement agency for contraceptives and related commodities, UNFPA invites partners in development to benefit from our unique knowledge base and market influence.

Mission: To provide access to impartial expert advice, encourage supplier neutrality in procurement; to respond quickly to urgent and emergency requests and to offer quality goods and services in appropriate quantities at the right price, at the right place and RIGHT time for use in projects.

Objectives: With more than 30 years experience, we aim at reducing delivery times and prices through continuous improvement of our procedures and information sharing between ourselves, vendors, clients and other partners involved in procurement of reproductive health commodities.

Clients: Our Clients cover a large range of organizations and institutions from all over the world. They include UNFPA field offices, Governments, NGOs, World Bank Borrowers as well as other UN organizations.

Suppliers: UNFPA does business with vendors from all over the world. Approximately one third of the contracts went to developing countries. UNFPA believes in having a partnership with its suppliers. UNFPA is actively working at increasing its sources of supply from developing countries. For more information, please go to statistics.

Procurement for UNFPA funded projects may be undertaken by UNFPA's country office personnel (local country office procurement) or by headquarters (headquarters procurement). About 85% of the total procurement volume is carried out by headquarters. Procurement on behalf of external entities such as other UN Agencies, Governments and NGOs, is the sole responsibility of headquarters Procurement Unit. Those responsible for UNFPA procurements are to be guided by the following principles:

  • Maximize economy and efficiency
  • Encourage a wide solicitation of proposals to promote competition
  • Encourage sources of supply from developing countries;
  • Encourage sources of supply from underutilized major donor countries; and
  • Promote integrity and fairness and maintain the transparency of the procurement process.