UNOPS (United Nations Office for Project Services)

Partnership for The Co-Development of The Defeat-NCD Marketplace

  • Overview

    Through this open solicitation process, the Defeat-NCD Partnership seeks Expression of Interest (EOI) to create a collaborative partnership to co-develop an innovative Marketplace that enables the cost-effective and efficient provision of essential NCD supplies to national NCD programmes in low-resource countries.

    To catalyse the innovation needed to fulfil our vision, the Defeat-NCD Partnership Secretariat wants to solicit expert capabilities that complement the secretariats capacity to co-design, co-build and co-operate the marketplace. This must also include the expertise to continually work with the secretariat to collaboratively improve and update the solution to ensure that it stays relevant for countries over coming years.

    The Defeat-NCD Partnership is a public-private-people partnership that has been established to scale-up action against non-communicable diseases in low-resource countries. The Defeat-NCD Partnership is a hosted programme of the United Nations Office for Project Services.

    Full details of the programme and technical needs required by a partner can be found in the accompanying Marketplace Briefing Paper and EOI.

    Further Information

    Preferred partnership types

    Advocacy of global issues; Business opportunities in low income communities/countries ; Project funding; Provision of goods; Provision of services / personnel; Standards and guidelines development

    Sustainable Development Goals

    3. Good health and well-being

    Issue areas


    Type(s) of services / business sectors

    Health Care; Technology




    The Defeat-NCD Partnership has defined a 3-year roadmap for the launch and scale-up of the marketplace. Should a Collaborative Agreement with a partner be established in the near term, the remaining time in 2018 will focus on the technical design and operational processes for the marketplace. Additionally, pilot countries will be identified and on-boarded, as well as an initial list of suppliers selected and on-boarded to the marketplace, including drug pre-qualification as needed.

    Early 2019 will focus on the launch of the marketplace with pilot countries and suppliers. During the pilot period, for the purposes of enhancing the marketplace and any value-added services, feedback will be gathered from users. During the pilot, we intend to investigate financing alternatives with potential financial institutional partners to provide financing mechanisms for buyers using the platform.

    Towards the end of 2019, the Defeat-NCD marketplace will be in a position to expand its offering to more countries and also on-board more suppliers. Significant effort will be made into researching and optimising the supply chain and pooled procurement services. By this time, we also aim to secure a pilot country to use alternative financing services designed specifically for the marketplace.

    From 2020 and beyond to 2030 (the target date of the SDGs), the Marketplace will scale-up to offer one or more of its interconnected value-added services to as many low-resources countries (approx up to 100) as wish to benefit in this way.

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