International financial institutions and United Nations procurement: 4. Bid on procurement opportunities
4. Bid on procurement opportunities
You are ready to make a bid once your company has:
- read all of the publicly available information on a project of interest
- contacted a trade commissioner if needed
To express interest in a procurement opportunity, follow the instructions given in the specific project notice.
Procurement opportunity portals
Before bidding, use these portals to use research procurement processes and opportunities.
Official platform for consulting, contracting, and export opportunities. Trusted source of procurement information from development banks, United Nations agencies, and government institutions.
Portal for government procurement tenders and tenders of international development agencies.
- UN Global Marketplace
A single point of entry to the UN procurement market and a global vendor sourcing portal for the UN procurement system.
Membership organization providing comprehensive information services for the international developmental sector.
The largest provider of recruiting and business development services for global development.
Important things to remember
- Understand the bid package for the contract of interest. When preparing Expressions of Interest and proposals, attention to detail is key.
- Establish face-to-face relationships by visiting IFI/UN offices in person
- Participate in events organized by Canada's Office of Liaison with International Financial Institutions to gain intelligence and make contacts:
- Be prepared and have specific topics to discuss
- Demonstrate what you can do to help project officers advance their project
- Be ready to share your experience, capabilities and solutions.
- Identify your niche expertise or technologies
Know your markets
- Target a geographic area where you believe you can have success
- Know who your competitors are and view them as potential partners
Partnerships and sub-contracting
- Work with a local partner
- This offers your company the local presence and expertise
- Already having someone in the area can help reduce costs
- The Trade Commissioner Service can connect you with qualified local contacts
- Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) should partner with and sub-contract to companies at the local (in-country) and international levels to help them become familiar with the process.
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