Procurement Protest and Proscribed Practices


Protest procedures

In the event that you believe that you have not been fairly treated, we will do justice to your complaint if we perceive your case as substantive. Our vendor protest procedure is intended to afford an opportunity to appeal to persons or firms not awarded a purchase order or contract in a competitive procurement process.

Please compile the following information and submit it to the UNDP office that issued the solicitation document.

  • The protestor’s name, address, telephone number, fax number and email;
  • The solicitation or contract number, name of contracting office and the procurement officer;
  • A detailed statement of all factual and legal grounds for protests, and an explanation of how the protester was prejudiced;
  • Copies of relevant documents supporting protester’s statement;
  • Statement as to form of relief;
  • All information establishing that the protestor is an interested party for the purpose of filing a protest;
  • All information establishing the timeliness of the protest.

Proscribed Vendor Practices

UNDP requires its Vendors to comply with the highest ethical standards, and report to UNDP all suspected acts of fraud and corruption.

Sanctions may be pursued against UNDP Vendors found to have engaged in Proscribed Practices. 

  • Corruption: offering, giving, receiving or soliciting, directly or indirectly, anything of value to influence improperly the actions of another party.
  • Fraud: any act or omission, including a representation, that knowingly or recklessly misleads, or attempts to mislead, a party to obtain a financial or other benefit or to avoid an obligation.
  • Coercion: any act or omission that impairs or harms, or threatens to impair or harm, directly or indirectly, any party or the property of the party to improperly influence the actions of a party.
  • Collusion: an arrangement between two or more parties designed to achieve an improper purpose, including influencing improperly the actions of another party.
  • Unethical Practices: behavior that constitutes a conflict of interest, or that is contrary to the policies and requirements of doing business with UNDP, including but not limited to post-employment and gifts and hospitality provisions.
  • Obstruction: Acts or omissions by a Vendor that prevent or hinder UNDP from investigating complaints of Vendor engagement in Proscribed Practices.

Vendor Review Committee

The UNDP Vendor Review Committee will consider complaints made against Vendors regarding engagement in proscribed practices, consistently with UNDP’s Policies and Procedures.

Depending on the level and severity of the Proscribed Practices, UNDP may take appropriate action including formal censure and Vendor debarment from UNDP and the UN System.

Sanctions will be imposed without prejudice to any action that may be taken by any government or international organization under international law.