The UNFCCC secretariat procures requisite goods and services through competitive solicitations from qualified
vendors included in the UNFCCC vendor roster. Depending upon the complexity of the requirement and the value
of the commodity to be procured, the solicitation is issued as a Request for Quotation (RFQ) or as an
Invitation to Bid (ITB) or as a Request for Proposal (RFP):
- RFQ – Request for Quotation
Is issued for the procurement of simple, uncomplicated goods and services of standard and firm
specifications (“off-the-shelf” items). The evaluation of offers is based on price and other
price related factors. The total estimated value is not exceeding USD 40,000
Is issued for the procurement of goods and services of standard and firm specifications
(“off-the-shelf” items) of a total estimated value in excess of USD 40,000. The evaluation is
based on price and price related factors.
- RFP – Request for Proposal
Is issued for the procurement of goods and services where the technical specifications or characteristics
cannot be precisely determined, or are of a complicated / specialized technical nature which requires
significant input form the supplier. By evaluating the proposals, the price may be only one of other
considerations in award of the contract.
The tender documents are normally distributed to prequalified vendors on the UNFCCC vendor roster.
For prospective contracts with a value above USD 40,000, UNFCCC will advertise a Request for Expression of
Interest on the UNFCCC and UN websites.
Major Upcoming Business
Formal bids/proposals with a contract value above USD 40,000 are opened and recorded in a public session.
The main considerations for contract award are compliance with specifications, price, technical quality and
acceptability, environmental policy and compliance with delivery schedules. Depending on the value of the
proposed contract, the final award has to be recommended:
- For contract value above US$ 75,000 by the Joint Local Committee on Contracts for a final
approval by the UNFCCC Executive Secretary.