Saturday, 1 October 2016

Procurement - How does UNDP do business in Afghanistan?

UNDP operates on the ground in 166 countries. Its annual programme delivery has been growing steadily since 2000 and reached US$4.3 billion in 2006, of which US$2.5 billion were spent for goods and services.

The procurement function includes all actions necessary for the acquisition, by purchase or lease, of goods, works and/or services.

Procurement for development projects is by its nature complex and particularly so in a country like Afghanistan where deliveries are often of an urgent and crucial nature with logistics, including shipping and insurance, needing to be carefully managed to this very challenging destination. Wherever UNDP procurement is being undertaken however, the following principles apply:
  • Products need to be carefully specified to ensure quality and fitness for purpose whilst ensuring value for money through competitive bidding and supplier neutrality.
  • Service requirements need careful analysis with timely and exhaustive sourcing of qualified implementing partners or consultants to meet programme goals while ensuring transparency and best value for money.
A staff of experienced Procurement and Logistics Specialists based both at UNDP’s Country Office and at the programme sites in Kabul work to provide full procurement and logistic support to what is currently, UNDP’s largest country office programme. For futher information you may contact:

For Suppliers, Consultants and Providers of Services
In line with the delivery of support services to development projects, UNDP procurement unit is regularly undertaking local and international contracting of consultants in various fields of expertise, as well as selection of suppliers of good/equipment, among others.

Individual and corporate consultants, suppliers of goods/equipment and all other providers of services in various fields, whether private or non-government, who are interested to participate in UNDP Afghanistan’s activities may apply for accreditation through the following means:
  • Submission of Credentials by courier to the UNDP-Afghanistan Office, the details of which are posted in the Procurement Notice button below.
Procurement Notices
For Invitations to Bid (ITB’s) and Request for Proposals (RFP’s) will be posted on our procurement notice link. Please review the site regularly. Any postponements, amendments, cancellations and notice of awards, will be posted.

Solicitation Documents:
For ITB’s and RFP’s should be requested through the contact given on the relevant procurement notice. Please give the ITB/RFP reference when requesting documents, together with an outline of your ability as a supplier to provide the goods/services.

General terms and conditions:
For contracting and equipment are available on this website and can be downloaded to a PDF file. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate in contacting:

Bidding procedures:
All submissions for ITB’s or RFP’s should be submitted by the closing date and time indicated on the solicitation documents by one of four methods outlined below:

1) Delivery by hand – observing the sealed envelope and marking requirements noted in the solicitation documents.

2) Courier service – observing the sealed envelope and marking requirements noted in the solication documents.

Delivery address:
UNDP Afghanistan
Shah Mahmood Ghazi Watt
Kabul, Afghanistan
Attn: Procurement Officer

3) By fax: +873 763 468836. Your cover fax should clearly note the reference number of the relevant bid and the number of pages you are submitting

4) To our secure email address: Please Note: Any offers sent to the private email addresses of any procurement staff will be automatically disqualified.

Some bids may invite suppliers to a public bid opening. Suppliers are asked to be present at least half an hour before the scheduled bid submission closing. Any supplier arriving after this time will not be permitted to attend.
Unsolicited bids will not be considered.

Requests For Quotation (RFQ)
Are available for review on this site. Please carefully consider the specifications and other criteria asked for in the RFQ. Any deviation from our requirements (unless flexibility is stated), will not be considered.

Requests for quotation submissions can be emailed or delivered directly to the procurement staff initiating the enquiry. Their details will be given on the RFQ.


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