How we do business

UNDP procures goods and services by soliciting bids through a competitive process. The following methods are used for the procurement of goods and services:

Request for Quotation (RFQ)
This is the most flexible and the least formal method that is used for procuring goods, services and/or works. RFQs call for a written quotation. RFQ applies to contracts exceeding US$2,500 but less than US$100,000

Invitation to Bid (ITB) 
An ITB is normally used when an entity is not required to propose technical approaches to a project activity, or to offer management or supervision of an activity. ITBs are used when an entity has to provide its cost requirements to meet precise specifications sought from UNDP. This is normally the case when UNDP buys goods. It may also apply to work contracts and services that can be expressed quantitatively and qualitatively. ITB applies to contracts exceeding US$100,000.

Request for Proposal (RFP)
RFP is used when the inputs and/or outputs cannot be quantitatively and qualitatively expressed at the time the invitation is made, for example, consulting or similar services. An RFP may also be used for the purchase of complex goods when one is not sure of the functional specifications and wishes to seek proposals. RFP applies to contracts exceeding US$100,000.

Procurement notices

Fraud Alert

We would like to inform and warn the public at large that UNDP is aware of scams and fraudulent activities being attempted in the name of UNDP (the United Nations Development Programme).

These fraudulent activities may pertain to:

  • correspondence being circulated via e-mail, social media networks, websites or sms, falsely stating that they are issued by, or in association with UNDP and/or its officials.

  • situations where persons unknown and unconnected to UNDP may pretend or claim to represent UNDP and thus attempt to defraud organizations/persons.

  • situations where persons unknown and unconnected to UNDP may attempt to execute fraudulent legal agreements/contracts in the name of UNDP.

    In this connection, please note that UNDP enters into legal agreements for its India operations only through personnel stationed at the UNDP India Head Office at 55 Lodhi Estate, Delhi.

No person/s representing or purporting to represent UNDP outside its Delhi office is empowered or authorized to sign legal documents/ agreements/ contracts on UNDP’s behalf.

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