UNDP in Montenegro


Procurement is the overall process of acquiring goods, civil works and services which includes all functions from the identification of needs, selection and solicitation of sources, preparation and award of contract, and all phases of contract administration through the end of a services’ contract or the useful life of an asset.

As a public organization entrusted with donor funds and committed to supporting developing economies, UNDP abides by the following principles:

Best Value for Money means selection of the offer, which presents the optimum combination of life-cycle costs and benefits, which meet the end-users’ needs. Best Value for Money is the result of several factors, including quality, experience, the vendor’s reputation, and parameters that measure how well the good or service allows the organization to meet its social, environmental or other strategic objectives.

Fairness, Integrity and Transparency, which ensures that competitive processes are fair, open, and rules-based. All potential vendors should be treated equally, and the process should feature clear evaluation criteria, unambiguous solicitation instructions, realistic requirements, and rules and procedures that are easy to understand.

Effective International Competition, understood as giving all potential vendors timely and adequate information on UNDP requirements, as well as equal opportunity to participate in procurement actions, and restricting them only when it is absolutely necessary to achieve UNDP development goals.

In the best interest of UNDP, which means that any business transactions must conform to the mandates and principles of UNDP and the United Nations.

UNDP Procurement is based on competitive bidding. Depending on the type, complexity, size and value of the project and its procurement elements, commonly used methods of solicitation include:


Micro-Purchasing is a simplified and informal procurement method intended for the purchase of readily available goods, standardized services and small works, and where the contract amounts involved are not expected to exceed $10,000. Micro-Purchasing may be undertaken through canvassing of at least two vendors and award is made to the lowest price available.

Request for Quotation (RFQ)

An RFQ is an informal invitation to submit a quotation, usually for goods/services/civil works at a value between US$10,000 and $200,000. Prices, and other commercial terms and conditions are requested and award is made to the lowest priced technically acceptable offer.

Invitation to Bid (ITB)

An ITB is a formal invitation to submit a bid, usually associated with requirements that are clearly and concisely defined, with an estimated procurement value of US$200,000 or more. Normally price is the sole determinant in making an award. Where all technical criteria are met, award is made to the lowest bidder.

Request for Proposal (RFP)

An RFP is a formal request to submit a proposal, usually associated with requirements for services, which cannot be clearly or concisely defined, with an estimated procurement value of more than US$10,000. Price is only one of several factors comprising the evaluation criteria. Award is made to the qualified bidder whose bid substantially conforms to the requirement set forth on the solicitation documents and is evaluated to be the lowest cost to UNDP.

In some cases, exceptions to competition are being made and direct contracting is used. This usually happens when a Long-Term Agreement (LTA) is in place, either globally (HQ) or locally (at country office level).

Evaluation Process

Evaluation is the process of assessing offers and submitted proposals in accordance with established evaluation methodology and criteria, with the goal of obtaining the best value for money. The process is conducted in a fair and transparent manner to ensure equal treatment of all bidders.

The Evaluation Committee consists of three to five members depending on the nature, complexity and value of the procurement activity. Furthermore, the Evaluation Committee is chaired by an experienced individual, usually a member of the UNDP Programme Section. The membership of the Evaluation Committee is approved by Senior Management of UNDP in the country.

In selecting the members of the evaluation team, the type of procurement being carried out is considered. Representatives from the funding source, the client organization, or national representatives may participate in the evaluation process only as observers. All observers and participants in the evaluation team sign a Declaration of Impartiality.

Vendor Protest

UNDP’s vendor protest procedure provides an opportunity for appeal to those persons or firms not awarded a purchase order or contract through a competitive procurement process. In the event that a Proposer believes that it was not treated fairly, the following link provides further details regarding UNDP vendor protest procedures. Please consult UNDP Policy against Fraud and other Corrupt Practices.


Contracts' Awards:

All past competitions (winner name and awarded contract amount) can be found in the Tenders Archive (new window will open).

Related resources:


Procurement notices


List of contract awards 2023 (above US$ 100,000)

Short Description (Title) of Procurement ActionVendor NameAmount of Contract, US$
Procurement of Patrol Boat for Morsko Dobro-UNEP              Ris Marine, CRO187,205.88
Date Warehouse and Business Intelligence for JudiciaryInfo Studio, BIH268,240.34
Implementation of Energy efficiency measures in family houses PljevljaTermomont, MNE412,926.21
Adaptation Works on Shelter for Children Victims of Trafficking "Ljubovic"        Refena, MNE   206,187.16


List of contract awards 2022 (above US$ 100,000)

Short Description (Title) of Procurement ActionVendor NameAmount of Contract, US$
PCB Site Remediation at Aluminum Factory Podgorica in MontenegroMiteco, SRB1,031,375.61
Construction of a Day Care Center for Elderly- GolubovciBombeton, MNE435,244.58      
Thermo insulation on Family Houses in PljevljaBS Construction, MNE205,007.53
Civil works Reconstruction and Interior Design Works for Ganic Tower RozajeProgram, MNE105,635.62
Procurement of Gas chromatograph 7000E GC/MS/MS            DSP Chromatography, SRB    102,870.37


List of contract awards 2021 (above US$ 100,000)

Short Description (Title) of Procurement ActionVendor NameAmount of Contract, US$
Assessment of digital governance framework in MontenegroInoSens Ltd, SRB134,163.97
Gender-Sensitive Climate Risk AssessmentCAOS – Portugal153,494.69
Procurement of Forensic Equipment- Detonation ChamberLab Systems Support, SRB122,400.00


List of contract awards 2020 (above US$ 100,000)

Short Description (Title) of Procurement ActionVendor NameAmount of Contract, US$
DC Procurement of the Software for the Institute for Enforcement of Criminal Sanctions (IECS)Prozone, SRB255,373
RFP 07-20 Development of Local Revenues Administration Integrated System (LARIS)E Smart, SRB148,725
ITB 16-20 Mobile Digital X-RAY Device-COVID-19Farmalab, MNE316,000
RFP 11-20 Design of Dyke Reconstruction On Bojana RiverCestra,   SRB342,162
ITB 13-20 Reconstruction Works on the Museum in Bijelo PoljeProgram, MNE202,949
ITB 20-20 Procurement of IT Equipment for IS CCMCikom, MNE146,495
RFQ 23-20 Procurement of medical supplies-COVID-19Glosarij, Interpharm, PDG, MNE159,362
RFP 28-20 Decontamination of PCB Contaminated Transformers – MontenegroRade Koncar, MKD199,456
RFP 29-20 Detailed Design for Bridges Reconstruction In Downstream Gracanica RiverGradjevinski nadzor i labaratorijska ispitivanja, MNE138,380
RFP 30-20Disposal of PCB Contaminated Wastes and Soil –MontenegroMiteco, SRB289,749


List of contract awards 2019 (above US$ 100,000)

Short Description (Title) of Procurement ActionVendor NameAmount of Contract, US$
ITB 05-19 Reconstruction of the Ganic Tower – RozajeFidija, MNE159,251
ITB 08-19 Renovation of Municipal Building of the Heritage Museum in DanilovgradRefena, MNE96,917
RFP 22-19 Development of Information System for Clinical CentreHeliant, SRB974,150