Supply Annual Report 2018
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Chapter 3

Supply Community and Partnerships

The UNICEF Supply Community – turning strategies into results

With a strong sense of professional belonging, members of the UNICEF Supply Community work together every day with an array of strategies to accelerate results for children through the provision of supplies.

UNICEF is continuously evolving to ensure that the right supplies reach children at the right time at an affordable price. To improve its supply and logistics function, the organization has developed a set of Global Supply Strategies which go far beyond procurement and delivery. A global community of staff with diverse backgrounds, nationalities and high levels of technical expertise is essential to turning these strategies into results for children.

Members of the UNICEF Supply Community bring a wealth of experience from both the private and public sectors.They have expertise in procurement and contracting for services, and logistics – including international transport and in country distribution and warehousing, and emergency preparedness and response. They deal with commodities like vaccines and pharmaceuticals, medical supplies and equipment, nutrition and education products, bed nets, and water and sanitation products.

Supply Community

  • 57%

  • 1,102

    staff of 135 nationalities in 169 offices across 102 countries and territories
  • 43%



Leveraging its skills and professional experience, the Community has also excelled in evolving strategic areas such as product innovation and market shaping, national supply chain system strengthening, financing and domestic resource mobilization, evidence gathering and data monitoring. The following pages provide examples of the work done by UNICEF staff around the world at all stages of the supply chain to employ strategies to achieve results. In collaboration with communities, businesses, governments and other United Nations agencies, the Supply Community strengthens the way UNICEF and partners work together to make a difference for children.

With its culture of knowledge exchange, continuous professional development and its passion, the Community maintains a steady focus on getting the supplies to the children who need them.

Procurement in collaboration

To deliver results for children, UNICEF collaborates with a wide range of partners at all stages of the supply chain and across its key products and services groups. Collaboration improves efficiency and achieves solutions that are fit-for-purpose, offer value for money and provide long-term sustainability.

UNICEF engages with United Nations agencies and other partners to communicate needs, draw on expertise, and share information, technical knowledge and contracts to ensure that the right supplies reach children.The strengths of partners are leveraged towards strategic objectives and result in operational efficiencies.

  • Standardization & harmonization
  • Delivering together
  • Emergency preparedness
  • UNICEF-led tenders
  • Joint tenders
  • Innovation
  • Sustainable procurement
  • Quality assurance
  • Industry consultation
  • Shared services and piggybacking on LTAs

UNICEF Supply partnerships

UNICEF’s commitment to accelerate the rights of children through supply and logistics can only be achieved in cooperation and partnerships with other humanitarian and development organizations and governments, and with the expertise and guidance of academia, businesses and civil society. UNICEF Supply’s key partners in 2018 included: