WHO is a specialized United Nations agency with a constitutional mandate as the Directing and Coordinating authority on international health work. Procurement is a critical function in support of the effective discharge of WHO mandate.
In order to fulfill its mandate and achieve its vision WHO must procure a significant volume of goods and services.
On average, WHO buys approximately USD 700 million worth of goods and services every year to maintain operations in the field and to react to upcoming and recurring demands. While the needs vary, services account for approximately 75% of demand.
As a public organization entrusted with donor funds and committed to supporting developing economies, the objective of procurement activities within the WHO is the timely acquisition of goods and services while addressing the guiding principles.