Independent pricing agent

Country: South Africa
Language: EN
Number: 5431632
Publication date: 13-11-2017
Source: United Nations Procurement Notices (UNDP)


Independent pricing agent
Procurement Process : RFP - Request for proposal
Deadline : 19-Nov-17
Posted on : 13-Nov-17
Development Area : CONSULTANTS
Reference Number : 42471
Link to Atlas Project :
00056562 - Support Office Administration
Documents :
Confirmation of Interest and Submission of Financial Proposal
Procurement Notice
Overview :

A place-to-place survey is a statistical activity used to obtain and process benchmark data for establishing the post adjustment index. The results of the survey supersede index movements, which have occurred since the previous place-to-place survey. A place-to-place survey is carried out at least once every four years in all field locations where staff of the UN system are stationed (the interval between surveys is usually longer for Headquarters duty stations). Surveys are conducted more frequently at any duty station if there has been rapid inflation and/or substantial devaluation of the local currency relative to the US dollar.

A place-to-place survey requires:

• the collection of prices (of over 300 specified goods and services);

• the collection of housing and domestic costs from the staff members; and

• the collection of household expenditure costs from the staff members.

An independent pricing agent is therefore required to collect prices in retail outlets patronized by the staff members at field duty stations. Pricing agents should be sufficiently experienced and qualified to recognize local shopping conditions as they relate to staff at the duty station, and should be conversant with the specification of items on the pricing forms. For Headquarters duty stations, ICSC secretariat staff carries out the functions of the pricing agent, assisted by officials of the national statistical office in the country.