REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

Auditing Services for project

“NORTHERN MOUNTAIN INTEGRATED CHILD NUTRITION IMPROVEMENT”

Grant No.: TF0A2244

Reference No.: C20

Save the Children has received financing from Japan Social Development Fund (JSDF) via the World Bank toward the cost of the “Northern Mountain Integrated child nutrition improvement” project, and intends to apply part of the proceeds for consulting services.

The consulting services (“the Services”) will do Project annual financial audit for period from 10th November 2016 to 31st July 2021.

The Save the Children invites eligible consulting firms (“Consultants”) to indicate their interest in providing the Services. Interested Consultants should provide information demonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevant experience to perform the Services. The shortlisting criteria are as follow:

  • The Auditing Firm must be legally established and operating in Vietnam and acceptable to the World Bank.
  • Has knowledge of administrative procedures and the government's approval processes in public procurement. Has experience in working with the provinces.
  • Has knowledge of regulations, procedures, and methods of international and national procurement in the health sector (knowledge of WB's regulations is an advantage).
  • The audit work should (shall) be assigned to personnel who have and maintain professional and technical training and proficiency. Auditors must be familiar with following documents of the World Bank: World Bank’s Guidelines on Financial Reporting and Auditing of Projects financed by the World Bank; World Bank’s Disbursement Guidelines and the Bank’s Disbursement Handbook. These documents can be obtained from the World Bank’s team leader in charge of the project. Auditors shall hold relevant professional qualifications with in-depth experience in conducting audits of project financial statements. They should be properly granted with relevant professional license by the Ministry of Finance. Composition of the team, task assignment and CVs of expected personnel must follow the World Bank’s sample: Request for Proposal – consultant selection.

Bank policy requires that consultants provide professional, objective, and impartial advice and at all times hold the client’s interests paramount, without any consideration for future work, and that in providing advice they avoid conflicts with other assignments and their own corporate interests. Consultants shall not be hired for any assignment that would be in conflict with their prior or current obligations to other clients, or that may place them in a position of being unable to carry out the assignment in the best interest of the Borrower. Without limitation on the generality of the foregoing, consultants shall not be hired under the circumstances set forth below:

(a) Conflict between consulting activities and procurement of goods, works, or non-consulting services (i.e., services other than consulting services covered by these Guidelines8 ): A firm that has been engaged by the Borrower to provide goods, works, or non-consulting services for a project, or any affiliate that directly or indirectly controls, is controlled by, or is under common control with that firm, shall be disqualified from providing consulting services resulting from or directly related to those goods, works, or non-consulting services. Conversely, a firm hired to provide consulting services for the preparation (before Grant Agreement effectiveness) or implementation of a project, or any affiliate that directly or indirectly controls, is controlled by, or is under common control with that firm, shall be disqualified from subsequently providing goods, works, or services (other than consulting services covered by these Guidelines) resulting from or directly related to the consulting services for such preparation or implementation. This provision does not apply to the various firms (consultants, contractors, or suppliers) which together are performing the Contractor’s obligations under a turnkey or design and build contract.

(b) Conflict among consulting assignments: Neither consultants (including their personnel and sub-consultants), nor any affiliate that directly or indirectly controls, is controlled by, or is under common control with that firm, shall be hired for any assignment that, by its nature, may be in conflict with another assignment of the consultants. As an example, consultants assisting a client in the privatization of public assets shall neither purchase, nor advise purchasers of, such assets. Similarly, consultants hired to prepare Terms of Reference (TOR) for an assignment shall not be hired for the assignment in question.

(c) Relationship with Recipient’s staff: Consultants (including their experts and other personnel, and sub-consultants) that have a close business or family relationship with a professional staff of the Recipient (or of the project implementing agency, or of a recipient of a part of the grant) who are directly or indirectly involved in any part of: (i) the preparation of the TOR for the assignment, (ii) the selection process for the contract, or (iii) the supervision of such contract may not be awarded a contract, unless the conflict stemming from this relationship has been resolved in a manner acceptable to the Bank throughout the selection process and the execution of the contract.

(d) A consultant shall submit only one proposal, either individually or as a joint venture partner in another proposal. If a consultant, including a joint venture partner, submits or participates in more than one proposal, all such proposals shall be disqualified. This does not, however, preclude a consulting firm to participate as a sub-consultant, or an individual to participate as a team member, in more than one proposal when circumstances justify and if permitted by the RFP.

Consultants may associate with other firms in the form of a joint-venture or a sub-consultancy to enhance their qualifications.

A Consultant will be selected in accordance with the Selection Based on the Consultants’ Qualifications (CQS) method set out in the Consultant Guidelines.

Further information can be obtained at the address below, during office hours 8.30am to 17.30pm, from Monday to Friday.

Expressions of Interest must be delivered in writing to the address below and/or via e-mail: Vietnam.quotation@savethechildren.org by 10th February 2018

Save the Children

Add: 4th Floor, Mercury Building, 444 Hoang Hoa Tham, Tay Ho, Hanoi.

Tel: 024.3573.5050 (ext. 228) / Fax: 024.3573.6060

Attn: Nguyen Thi Thanh Ha - Country Human Resources Coordinator