United Nations Global Marketplace – Youth Business Opportunities (2024)

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United Nations Global Marketplace (UNGM) is a procurement portal for the United Nations system. It was formed in 1990 by the Inter- Agency procurement working group, which is now the high level committee on management’s procurement network. 

The United Nations Global Marketplace – UNGM’s main functions include:

  • Providing a central registration process for suppliers of 30 UN organizations
  • Providing access to UN procurement opportunities and contract awards for suppliers and the general public
  • Sharing relevant UN procurement and market information
  • Hosting and maintaining the Ineligibility List, a protected electronic document that aggregates information provided by each participating entity 

A UNGM number is a 6-digit number that allows UN staff to identify a company’s account on UNGM. A UNGM number can be found in the “Dashboard” once logged in to a UNGM account

How has UNGM evolved over time?

Since the 1990s, United Nations Global Marketplace – UNGM has considerably evolved and has been revamped to better respond to its stakeholders’ needs.

The United Nations Global Marketplace (UNGM) currently fulfills the following United Nations General Assembly mandate:

  • Enhance transparency and increase harmonization of UN procurement practices;
  • Simplify and streamline the registration process for suppliers;
  • Increase procurement opportunities for suppliers from developing countries and;
  • Create one common UN global procurement portal.

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UNICEF Procurement Opportunity

UNICEF purchases goods and services to support goals and priorities for children and their families. We commit to the highest levels of integrity, transparency and accountability in our procurement activities, and we work with suppliers that comply with the highest ethical standards of conduct.  

Stay connected with updated information and resources for current and potential suppliers.

Becoming a supplier to UNICEF

UNICEF is interested in diversifying its supplier base and finding new suppliers that can provide quality goods at competitive prices. Here is how you can take part in our work to serve children around the world as a new supplier or service provider.  

To see UNICEF opportunities, click on “Show more criteria” and enter UNICEF as the selected UN Organization.  

All applications to become a supplier with UNICEF must be made via UNGM. There is no charge to register as a supplier.  

All procurement follows public procurement principles, and products must comply with recognised technical standards.  

UNICEF reviews supplier applications and determines interest based on the relevance of products and services.

Ethical screening

UNICEF strictly enforces a policy of zero tolerance concerning unethical or fraudulent acts of suppliers. Accordingly, any UNICEF supplier suspected of involvement in proscribed practices may be suspended or forbidden from continuing business relations with UNICEF.

Financial evaluation

Suppliers may be requested to provide a complete copy of their audited financial statements, with comparative figures for the previous year. UNICEF evaluates financial viability, ethical and legal issues to identify and mitigate fiduciary risks.

Companies doing business with the United Nations are required to accept and comply with the UN Supplier Code of Conduct.

The Code of Conduct informs Vendors of the following:-
– that they may not engage in corrupt practices
– that they must disclose information on any situation that may appear to present a conflict of interest
– that the UN has a zero-tolerance policy with regards to the acceptance of gifts or hospitality from Vendors
– Post-employment restrictions may apply to UN staff in service and former UN staff members who participated in the procurement process, if such persons had prior professional dealings with suppliers. 

The bulletin describes the post-employment restrictions as follows:

(i)the one-year prohibition on seeking or accepting employment or any form of compensation or financial benefit from any contractor or vendor with whom a former staff member has had personal, significant and substantive involvement during the former staff member’s last three years of service with the United Nations; and
(ii)the two-year prohibitions on knowingly communicating with, or appearing before, any staff member or unit of the Organization on behalf of a third party on any matters that were under the former staff member’s official responsibility relating to the procurement process during the former staff member’s last three years of service with the United Nations.

Any United Nations contractor or vendor of goods or services who offers employment, hires or otherwise compensates staff members in violation of the provisions of the present bulletin may, after review by the Organization, be subject to having its registration as a qualified contractor or vendor with the United Nations barred, suspended or terminated, in accordance with United Nations procurement policies and procedures.

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