The purpose of the framework contracts between UNHCR and its suppliers is to define the conditions applicable to contracts to be awarded during a given period, in particular with regard to the item, price, quality, quantity and delivery. The World Health Organization (WHO) and UNHCR, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Refugees, today signed a new agreement to strengthen and promote public health services for the millions of forcibly displaced people around the world. For many cases, it is useful for UNHCR to sign a long-term contract with a supplier, whether for goods or services. These are known as “framework contracts” and we have signed them with a large number of companies for items used daily by UNHCR staff, including vehicles, radios, telecommunications equipment, generators and office equipment, and for assistance with tents, blankets, isomates and kitchen kits. These fixed-term contracts (usually 3 to 5 years) are usually concluded following an open international call for tenders. They ensure that UNHCR can quickly place orders for its needs at fixed prices, but do not guarantee that the Agency will purchase a minimum or maximum quantity of goods during the term of the agreement. UNHCR`s framework contracts are not exclusive. The agreement updates and expands an existing 1997 agreement between the two organizations. One of this year`s important goals will be to support ongoing efforts to protect an estimated 70 million forcibly displaced people from COVID-19. About 26 million of them are refugees, 80 per cent of whom are hosted in low- and middle-income countries with weak health systems.
40 million internally displaced people are also in need of assistance. UNHCR contracts are awarded in accordance with these principles. A table of bids is established after the supply management department has received the bids. The main points of each offer are compared. Contracts shall be awarded on the basis of the lowest tender, which best meets the objective criteria of price, delivery and specifications. While the commitment to quality remains uncompromising, the relative weight given to the price and delivery time for deciding on the offer varies according to the urgency of the needs. In case of emergency, priority can be given to fast delivery. The World Health Organization plays a leading global role in the field of public health within the United Nations system. Established in 1948, WHO works with 194 Member States in six regions and from more than 150 offices to promote health, ensure the safety of the world and serve the weakest. Our goal for 2019-2023 is to ensure that one billion more people have universal health care, one billion more people to protect against health emergencies and provide another billion with better health and well-being. . .