Doing business with UNDP

UNDP strives to build long-term business relationships with reputable vendors across the globe that have goods and services that will help us address some of the world’s most urgent needs and pressing problems.

UNDP buys goods and services for each of its Country Offices as well as UNDP Headquarters in New York. Responsibility for procurement is decentralized, meaning that the entire procurement cycle – from sourcing to contract management – is done locally. A Country Office’s Resident Representative, or his or her designee, oversees the process.

The Country Office will enter into contracts with vendors, which may be companies or individuals. Headquarters plays a limited role with the Procurement Services Unit (PSU) providing support and specialized assistance. The Procurement Oversight Unit (POU), an independent unit within the Bureau for Management Services, approves contracts that exceed 100,000 USD. The POU ensures that procurement undertaken by UNDP Business Units complies with relevant guidelines, and that procurement risks are properly assessed and mitigated.

As a public organization, we must strictly adhere to the UNDP Financial Regulations and Rules, which mandate that contracts be awarded through a competitive process, obtaining bids through formal tenders. To ensure consistency across all our offices and business units, UNDP uses standard bidding documents, available in English, Spanish and French.

Examples of goods and services frequently procured by UNDP country offices include:

Goods Services
  • Computer Equipment
  • Motor Vehicles, Spare Parts and Accessories
  • Computer Software, Licensing and Maintenance
  • Management Information Systems
  • Satellite Communication Equipment
  • Office Furniture
  • Office Machinery and Consumables
  • Fuel
  • Generators
  • Security Appliances
  • Uniforms
  • Transportation
  • International and Local Consultants
  • Facilities Rental / Leasing
  • Conference Organizing
  • Printing, Publishing and Bookbinding Services
  • Construction and Engineering Services
  • Cargo Transport, Warehousing and Storage
  • Project Management
  • IT Services
  • Evaluation Services