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  • Procurement Opportunities by PAHO

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  • About PAHO
    PAHO is the specialized international health agency for the Americas.
    It works with countries throughout the region to improve and protect people's health. PAHO engages in technical cooperation with its member countries to fight communicable and noncommunicable diseases and their causes, to strengthen health systems, and to respond to emergencies and disasters.
    PAHO is committed to ensuring that all people have access to the health care they need, when they need it, with quality and without fear of falling into poverty. Through its work, PAHO promotes and supports the right of everyone to good health.
    To advance these goals, PAHO promotes technical cooperation between countries and works in partnership with ministries of health and other government agencies, civil society organizations, other international agencies, universities, social security agencies, community groups, and other partners. PAHO promotes the inclusion of health in all public policies and the engagement of all sectors in efforts to ensure that people live longer, healthier lives, with good health as their most valuable resource.

    Under the leadership of its 52 member countries and territories, PAHO sets regional health priorities and mobilizes action to address health problems that respect no borders and that, in many cases, jeopardize the sustainability of health systems.

    PAHO wears two institutional hats: it is the specialized health agency of the Inter-American System and also serves as Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization (WHO), the specialized health agency of the United Nations.

    From its Washington, D.C., headquarters, 27 country offices and three specialized centers in the region, PAHO promotes evidenced-based decision-making to improve and promote health as a driver of sustainable development.

  • Procurement

    Vision: The Procurement and Supply Management Department (PRO)  is committed to ensuring access to services and strategic products to achieve bettered health in the Americas.

    Mission: PRO provides effective and value-added procurement to support the delivery of public health goods and services as part of PAHO’s technical cooperation with Member States.

    Functions: PRO provides technical, managerial and strategic guidance for the purchasing and contracting actions of Headquarters, PWRs, and Centers.  PRO is responsible for developing, implementing, and coordinating the sourcing, vendor relationship management, and procure-to-pay cycle on behalf of PAHO Member States in support of PAHO’s technical programs.  Finally, PRO develops and oversees implementation of the Organization’s procurement policies and procedures in order to promote the effective use of Organization’s resources.

    PRO is comprised of the following units:  

    Corporate Procurement
    • Procures quality supplies and services that meet the PASB’s needs in a timely and cost effective manner, in accordance with the Organization’s regulations, rules and policies.
    Procurement Systems
    • Creates awareness about and deploys next generation procurement tools to drive innovation.
    • Develops the key performance indicators and reporting tools needed to measure the efficiency and effectiveness of procurement activities.
    Revolving Fund and Strategic Fund
    • Supports PAHO’s Immunization Strategy by working with Member States and PASB Technical Offices for Revolving Fund procurement.
    •  Supports PAHO’s technical programs by working with Member States and PASB Technical Offices for Strategic Fund procurement
    • Ensures the timely supply of quality vaccines, syringes and cold chain products through the PAHO Revolving Fund for Vaccine Procurement.
    • Performs vendor relationship management (VRM) and market simulations to ensure supplier diversity and competition; tracks supplier performance. 
  • Is the e-Procurement system integrated into UNGM?

    Yes, therefore the user should be automatically taken to the external website when clicking on the blue Express Interest button. The blue Express interest button will change to a green View documents button.

    e-Procurement system used by this UN organization: In-Tend

    Contact email of the e-Procurement system: support@in-tend.co.uk 


  • What was the procurement volume of PAHO in 2022?
    • Procurement value: 1.35B USD
    • Number of countries the organization procured from: 75
    • Percentage of total UN procurement: 4.56%
    • Ranking by procurement value: 8th
    • Top category: Pharmaceuticals, Contraceptives, Vaccines
    • Top region: Europe

    To learn more about the procurement volume of each UN organization, visit the Annual Statistical Report and use the interactive dashboard.


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  • Contact Information
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