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The OSCE is the world’s largest regional security‐oriented organisation with its 57 participating States located in Europe, Central Asia and North America. The organisation’s mandate includes issues that have an impact on collective security, including arms control, terrorism, good governance, energy security, human trafficking, democratisation, media freedom and national minorities. The organisational structure consists of the Secretariat located in Vienna, Austria, the Institutions and 17 field operations in South‐Eastern Europe, Eastern Europe, the South Caucasus, and Central Asia. As of December 2017, the OSCE employs 3,416 staff; its unified budget for 2017 is €140Mil. Please visit the OSCE website to learn about the organisation, its mandate and latest developments.
The Procurement at the OSCE is entrusted with authority to issue tenders, conduct negotiations and award contracts for the provision of various goods and services to support organisations activities at the Secretariat and field level. The Procurement and Contracting Unit at Vienna, Austria is responsible for overseeing procurement across the organisation and provided assistance to the field; the OSCE’s Institutions and field activities are given the authority to conduct procurement activities up to a certain amount. The procurement activities at the OSCE are guided by the principles of fairness, integrity and transparency and aimed at delivering the Best Value for Money. The OSCE does not limit competition to participating States.
The OSCE’s Procurement Profile
The organisation procurement profile consist of the following two main groups:
- Goods and services to maintain normal functioning of its offices, e.g., lease of premises, utilities, security services, furniture, stationery, IT, telecom, vehicles, conference services, etc.; and
- Specialised products and tailor made services to fulfil procurement requirements of various projects and programmes, e.g., an unmanned aerial vehicles and related infrastructure, disposal of toxic chemical substances, customised IT solution, colocation services, etc.
Major expenditure categories in 2017:
- Office lease – €8,9Mil
- Staff medical support scheme – €8Mil
- Conference services – €6Mil
- Telecom – €4,9Mil
- Software products – €4,3Mil
- Utilities – €3,4Mil
- IT hardware – €3Mil
- Vehicles supplies – €3Mil
- Vehicles, including armoured – €2,6Mil
- Safety & security equipment – €2,2Mil
In 2017, the Procurement placed orders at amount of €75Mil.
How to do Business with the OSCE?
- Familiarise with our procurement profile, including history of Contract Awards and Planned Major Requirements, and see how well it matches your portfolio and area of operations; https://procurement.osce.org/
- Check our General Conditions of Contract, including Instruction to Bidders; https://procurement.osce.org/important-tips-bidders
- Subscribe to the tender alert service on the OSCE website at no cost; https://procurement.osce.org/subscriptions
- Subscribe to the OSCE procurement notices on the UNGM website; https://procurement.osce.org/subscriptions
- Register as the OSCE Vendor; https://procurement.osce.org/vendor-registration
- Present your company and its products to us by email or via on-site presentation in one of our offices;
- Participate in the work of business seminars which might be organised by your Chamber of Commerce and where the OSCE is invited;
- Respond to our procurement notices.
Please get in touch with us using the contact form which is available on our website; https://procurement.osce.org/online-contact-form