UNDP is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse workforce and encourages qualified female candidates or individuals from minorities, disadvantaged groups, and persons with disabilities to apply. UNDP recruitment principles encompass competitiveness, fairness, transparency, objectivity and accountability. We are looking for candidates with the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity.

All international vacancies are advertised: Individual Contractor vacancies  for a minimum of 7 days and staff vacancies for a minimum of 14 days. A screening process consisting of a long list, short list and interview, is conducted before  the successful is chosen. Recuitment process normally takes 3 to 4 weeks.  

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UNDP aims to provide quality services to support the delivery of projects, based on procurement standards and principles in line with international practice:

  • Fairness, Best Value for Money
  • Integrity and Transparency
  • Effective International Competition
  • Interest of UNDP (economy, efficiency, equal opportunity to compete, transparency in the procurement process)

Additional risk mitigation measures were introduced in April 2017 related to procurement actions in DPRK. International procurement is routinely managed by the Regional Office, through the UNDP Procurement Support Unit on Copenhagen or the UNDP China Country Ofice. Procurement actions are reviewed by the Procurement Support Office and the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific at Headquarters, which also conduct regular, in-depth country scans.

Special attention is given to equipment to ensure that its procurement complies with UN rules and regulations and export licences, and that no equipment used for dual-use purposes. The DPRK Country Office adheres to the Lists of Items Prohibited for Export to and Import from the DPR Korea pursuant to UNSCR 1718 and subsequent resolutions and international santions, and screens, verifies and vets each requisition for goods, including the category “dual use”, as well as companies and individuals, against lists of of prohibited items and vendors available at:   


Globally, the types of solicitation undertaken by UNDP are as follows:

  • Expression of Interest (EOI) - Written communication by a supplier to provide information about its products, resources, qualifications and experience, in response to a particular EOI
  • Request for Quotation (RFQ) Less formal solicitation, value below US$ 150,000, standard specifications, product readily available on the market
  • Invitation to Bid (ITB) - Formal solicitation, mainly for goods, value above US$ 150,000, lowest price compliancy and technical competency determining factors
  • Request for Proposal (RFP) - Formal solicitation, mainly for services, value above US$ 150,000, requirements possibly met in various ways, overall best solution will win the contract, not necessarily lowest price

Green Procurement

As part of its commitment to the environment and sustainable management of natural resources, UNDP actively promotes and implements Green procurement by requiring its staff to conduct all activities, including contracting with other entities, in a resource-efficient manner. UNDP's Green procurement policy is based on the following four "R" strategies:

  • Re-thinking the requirements to reduce environmental impact;
  • Reduce materials consumption;
  • Recycle materials/waste; and
  • Reduce energy consumption

UNDP is therefore selective in its choice of products, processes and services, taking into consideration the effects of energy consumption, toxicity, ozone depletions, radiations, and the use of recycled materials.

Supplying the UN

Interested suppliers are invited to visit the following UNDP and UN websites frequently for procurement guidelines, information and notices:
UNDP Websites:  and
UN Global Market:

Potential international bidders interested in engaging in the bidding preparation process are advised to contact for country-specific information.

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