The vehicles can be used for clearing debris in post-disaster situations, on infrastructure projects and more.
UNOPS is mandated to be a central resource for procurement in the United Nations and is a leading purchaser of vehicles for humanitarian, peacebuilding and development purposes. The organization manages the online catalogue
UN Web Buy, from which eligible partners can purchase a wide range of motor vehicles. The system allows buyers to compare specifications and prices and to quickly generate a tailored quote for their order, including freight and cargo insurance.
Prices are competitive because the catalogue aggregates orders and passes the savings on to buyers.
In a continued effort to promote sustainability in its core areas of procurement, project management and infrastructure, UNOPS provides emissions data for vehicles available via UN Web Buy, helping buyers to consider the environmental impacts of their choices. UNOPS closely monitors the European emissions standards, which aim to reduce exhaust emissions from trucks and buses.
In addition to the current UN Web Buy register, which already includes vehicles such as passenger cars, four-wheel drive station wagons/sport utility vehicles (SUVs), pick-up trucks, motorcycles, smaller buses, ambulances and armoured vehicles, buyers will now be able to select from a wide range of heavier vehicles. The expansion comes in an effort to better meet the needs of UNOPS partners in peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects.
The new additions to the catalogue include rubbish collectors, dump trucks and skip containers. Also available are cesspool tankers, useful in relief camps, as well as flat beds, fuel trucks, water trucks and refrigerated cargo box trucks for moving food and vaccines.
European, Japanese and US manufacturers are broadly represented, as well those from India, China and the Russian Federation. Buyers can choose between made-to-order 'ex-factory' items, which cost less but take slightly longer to deliver, and pre-manufactured 'ex-stock' vehicles, which are more expensive but can be delivered very quickly.
With more than 30 years of specialized experience, UNOPS buys around $800 million of high-quality, best-value goods, works and services each year, helping to ensure the successful and timely implementation of its partners’ projects. In 2011, vehicles and other transport equipment made up 31 percent of the total goods procured by UNOPS worldwide.