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UN/RFQ/KBL/2017/153 - Provision of auditing services for AUPP Projects

UN-Habitat - AFGHANISTAN | Published December 19, 2017  -  Deadline December 28, 2017
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UN/RFQ/KBL/2017/153� - Provision of auditing services for AUPP Projects

Provision of auditing services for contracts issued to Community Development Councils (CDCs)

United Nations Office for Project Services | Published August 21, 2016
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Request for Proposal for the provision of Auditing Services

United Nations Office for Project Services | Published September 16, 2014  -  Deadline October 6, 2014
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AF: ARTF-Public Fin. Mgmt. Reform II - P120427

National Procurement Authority | Published June 16, 2016  -  Deadline July 2, 2016
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Assignment Title: Consulting Services For External Audit, Support Services &sustainable Capacity Building Of Sao REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST(REOI) (Consulting Services? Firms Selection) Country: Islamic Republic ofAfghanistan Project Name:Public Financial Management Refortm Project-II(PFMRII) Grant No.: TF 10024 Project ID: P120427 PP Package ID: SAO/AF/C-1 Assignment Title: Consulting Services for External Audit, Supportservices &Sustainable Capacity Building of SAO NPA Ref. No.:SAO/AF/C-1/NPA/SAO/95/CS-1046/QCBS 1.      Background: 1.1     At the end of Taliban rule, the overall auditenvironment in Afghanistan was very weak, as could be expected after 23 years of war and instability. At that time, thefinancialreporting framework had almost completely broken down, particularly with regard to provincial reporting and the productionof final accounts. There was inadequate capacity within the SAO and within other ministries and departments. While on paper, therewas a relatively sound systematic approach to expenditure management with laws, regulations, and manuals containing the controlsand recording expected, in reality the system was not operational. 1.2    The SAO has made huge strides, not only inexperienced and skilled HR improvement, but structural changes has led to the independence of SAO. With the new audit law passed1392 solar year by parliament SAO enjoys independence and Auditor General is mandated for six years that can only be reversed underextraordinary circumstances that apply for the most serious leadership. 1.3     Between August 2002 and May 2016, a number ofaudit consultancy firms have been contracted to provide operational support and capacity building to the SAO. With support fromdevelopment partners, SAO has so far received audit support from the likes of PKF International, Deloitte and SN Nanda & Co,Thescarcity of qualified accountants and the lack of understanding of financial statement audits within the SAO have required that thecontracted firm plays a significant role in the conduct of audits. With the support of these firms, SAO has been able successfullycomplete a substantial number of World Bank and ARTF funded projects. The on-the-job training provided by these firms has alsohelped improve on the technical capacity of the SAO audit staff in the areas of audit planning,execution and reporting andadherence to INTOSAI standards and methodologies.  As a result, theSAO has now been able to successfully re-establish itself as a working institution capable of absorbing institutional strengtheningassistance. The SAO teams are now able to conduct the following audits; a.       QatiaAudit b.      Compliance Audit ofRevenue c.       Compliance Audit of Expenditure d.      World Bank Grants, ARTFAudit 1.4     The various consultancy firms were able toassist the SAO in updating its Grants Audit Manual and also help conduct various training activities, both formal and on-the-job,in audit, accounting, English and computer literacy for over 100 SAO staff. It should be noted that althoughthe above progress hasso far been achieved, the SAO still needs to develop its professionalcapacity so that it fully complies withthe ISSAIs and guidelines in the conduct of its mandated audits. The SAO will therefore require further audit assistance in orderto achieve its objectives. 2. Objectives 2.1   The goals of the Governmentof Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GoIRA) include maintaining appropriate fiduciary standards to provide reasonable assurance tothe Afghan public and to international donors that government resources and donor funds are subject to appropriate allocation andexpenditure controls. An important objective is achieving compliance with international standards of financial management includingthe use of internationally recognized accounting, auditing, and reporting standards enabled by modern technology andsoftwareapplications. 2.2   This contract seeks toconsolidate and enhancethe improvements made over the past twelve years to enable the SAO toincreasingly provide comprehensiveauditing services in accordance with international standards of auditing. Specific milestones will be set over the period of thecontract to achieve this objective. 3.      Scope of theAssignment Overall 3.1.   Thisconsultancy will provide support to the SAO in audit operations and in supportinstitutional strengthening through capacity building by on-the-job training and classroom training for SAO auditors and management capacity development through workshops,seminars, training program with other SAIs, enrichment of SAO's library (Purchasing of Professional Audit Books) and etc. in compliancewithinternational standards in audit planning, fieldwork and reporting in addition to specific training in financial statementaudit. 3.2.   For further information on the scope of the services, you can access the ToR under theabove mentioned  assignment title and reference number on thewebsite: www.npa.gov.af 4.      Request/Invitation The Supreme Audit Office of the IslamicRepublic of Afghanistan, now invites eligible consulting firms ("Consultants") to indicate their interest in providing theaforesaid Services. Interested Consultants should provide information demonstratingthat they have the required qualifications and relevant experience to perform the Services. The short listing criteria are: ·         The firm should be a professional management/consulting companyworking in Audit sector for at least 5 years. ·         The firm should have experience in providing consulting services togovernmental /public sector entities in Audit Sector, preferably under similar conditions. ·         The firm should have handled similar assignments in conducting Auditoperations and associated capacity building with value of US$ 900,000.00 or morefor any of the last threeyears. ·         The firm should have qualified experts with knowledge of INTOSAI and IFAC auditing standards and relevantInternational Accounting and Auditing Practices and experience in providing direct assistanceon audit operations and undertaking capacity building of  local advisors/SAO staff ·         The consultant shall demonstrate having sound financial situation and capacity bysubmitting financial audit report with average annual turnover of at least US$ 1,700,000.00 during last 5 years (2011- 2015); In providing the above-mentioned information demonstrating that they have the requiredqualifications and relevant experience to perform the Services, the consultants should also submit thefollowing: ·         A brief presentation of the firm or association including Brochures of thefirm; Descriptions of similar assignments, indicating the nature and scope of these assignments, the staff involved and themethodology employed, in brief (Firms are encouraged to provide only material that is specific to the proposed services, and toavoid submittinggeneric promotional material); ·         Brief description of skills available amongst staff althoughindividualexperts' CV/ bio-data need not be attached at this stage; ·         Recent References. 5.     Consultants may associate with other firms in the form of a joint venture or a sub-consultancy to enhance  their qualifications. If consultants intend to associate with other firms, they are advisedto clearly identify the lead partner and state the composition and nature of the association (JV/ sub-consultant) intheir EOI. In case the EOI is submitted in form of JV, each partner in theassociation shall meet the requirements defined in Para.3 above, under the short listing criteria.However, the short listingcriteria will not be applied and considered for sub-consultant. 6.      A consultant will be selected though Qualityand Cost Based Selection (QCBS) in accordance with the procedures set out in the WorldBank's Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants by World Bank Borrowers dated January 2011, Revised July2014. 7.      The attention of interested Consultants isdrawn to paragraph 1.9 of the World Bank's Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants [under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits & Grants] byWorld Bank Borrowers ? January 2011 Revised July 2014("Consultant Guidelines"), setting forth the World Bank's policy on conflict ofinterest.  In addition, please refer to the following information on conflict of interest related to this assignment as perparagraph 1.9 of Consultant Guidelines: Bank policy requires that consultants provideprofessional, objective and impartial advice and at all times hold the client's interest paramount, without any consideration forfuture work, and that in providing advice they avoid conflictswith other assignments and their own corporate interests.Consultantsshall not be hired for any assignment that would be in conflict with their prior or current obligations to otherclients, or that may placethem in a position of being unable to carry out the assignment in thebest interest of the Borrower.The Guidelinesare available atwww.worldbank.org/. 8.      Interested consultantsmay obtain further information at the address given  below between  09:00 to 16:00 hours. 9.      Expressions of interest,must be delivered in a written form to the address given  below (in person, byemail orby mail) by July 2 , 2016, 15:00 Hrs (Kabul Local Time)dulyquoting reference to case reference SAO/AF/C-1/NPA/SAO/95/CS/1046/QCBS. Attention: Aziz Ahmad Obaidi National Procurement Authority Administrative Office of the President Pashtunestan Wat, Kabul, Afghanistan Email: aziz.obaidi@aop.gov.af  copied to wais.rahimi@aop.gov.af, n.wahedi@aop.gov.af & w.poya@sao.gov.af Web site:www.npa.gov.af

System Enhancement for Health (SEHAT) - P129663

Grant and Services Contract Management Unit (GCMU) | Published February 17, 2016  -  Deadline March 2, 2016
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External Auditing Of Consultants? Contracts Under Sehat Project IslamicRepublic of Afghanistan Ministry of PublicHealth Directorate of procurement Grant & Services Contract Management Unit (GCMU) System Enhancement for Health Actions in Transition (SEHAT) Project ID P129663 REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST (REOI) External Auditing of Consultants' Contracts under SEHATProject Reference Number: SEHAT/EOI/11                                                          Date: Feb14, 2016 The delivery of Basic Package of Health Services (BPHS) and EssentialPackage of Hospital Services (EPHS) "in part" has been financed by the three main donors (the World Bank, EU and USAID), andimplemented by NGOs (through a contracting-out approach) and the MoPH Strengthening Mechanism since 2003. In general, MoPH throughits central departments and provincial offices is overseeing and monitoring/supervising the implementation of BPHS and EPHS. Inparticular, the Grant & Services Contract Management Unit (GCMU) in MoPH is carrying out the procurement, contract management,financial management, and monitoring functions of BPHS and EPHS implementation. RBF: as part of the ongoing health project,the MOPH, henceforthimplementing the Results Based Financing (RBF) intervention with a focus on improving maternal and child healthoutcomes. The RBF project is implementing the scheme within the framework of the existing health system through non-governmentalorganizations (NGO) contracted-out to deliver health services and MoPH's services delivery through MoPH-SM.  Under the RBF scheme, providers receiving performance related payment. The performancepayment to providers is based on data from the Health Management Information System (HMIS), verified by third party. There aretwelve (12) RBF implementation contracts with NGOs in selected provinces under SEHAT project. Under System Enhancement for Health Action in Transition (SEHAT)program, EU and USAID provide their support for the health sector via Afghanistan Reconstruction TrustFund (ARTF) which isadministered by the World Bank. Therefore EU andUSAID prepare their support in a joint effort (World Bank, European Union, andUSAID) under SEHAT project. SEHAT is a 5-years program funded by IDA and ARTF. The SEHAT program is financing the implementation ofthe BPHS & EPHS through contracting out and contracting in arrangements in a total of 34 provinces. In addition to that, theproject also strengthens the national health system in MoPH's capacity at central and provincial levels, so it can effectivelyperform the stewardship function in the sector. SEHAT component-1, (Sustaining and improvingBPHS and EPHS services) has undertakeninto two phases: SEHAT Phase-I: Implementation of BPHS through NGOs in18 provinces(Saripul, Balkh, Samangan, Wardak, Helmand, Farah, Nimroz, Badghis, Kunar, Nangarhar, Laghman, Nooristan, Logar, Zabul, Urozgan,Ghor, Kundoz and Daikundi) and EPHS in 9 provinces (Wardak, Farah, Nimroz, Kunar, Nangarhar, Laghman, Logar, Urozgan, andDaikundi). These 27 contracts with NGOs are for three years period and have been started from January 1, 2014 and will end onDecember 31 2016. SEHAT Phase-II: Implementation of BPHS through NGOs in13 provinces(Badakhshan, Baghlan, Bamyan, Faryab, Ghazni, Herat, Jawzjan, Kabul, Kandahar, Khost, Paktia, Paktika, and Takhar) and EPHS in 5provinces (Badakhshan, Ghazni, Khost, Paktia and Paktika,). These 21 contracts with NGOs are for three years period and have beenstarted from July 1, 2015 and will end on June 30, 2018. Three (3) Community MidwiferyEducation (CME) contracts are in Badakhsan/Takhar, Ghazni/Paktika & Bamyan provinces. Implementation of EPHS inBadghis Provincial Hospital contracted out in June 2015 for 6 months period which will be followed for another 31months. In addition to the abovecontracts, HIV/HR services are contracted out with NGOs in Nangarhar, Balkh, Herat and Kabul provinces. The above mentioned 4 NGOcontracts are for three years period and have been startedfrom Oct 1, 2014 and will end on September 30,2017. The MoPH of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan has applied forfunding from the joint support ofthe World Bank-IDA and the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF) to improve the health ofthe people of Afghanistan through the provision of quality health services and the promotion of healthy lifestyles in an equitableand sustainable manner. The MoPH intends to apply part of the grant proceeds tomake payments under contract with Auditing firms (hereinafter "consultant") 93 contract for the above services. The objectives of the assignment are: 1)      To identify the opportunities for improvement of the organizations'internal control system, making appropriate recommendations emerging from the audit findings to guide evidence based managementdecisions; in addition risk identification and proposing risk mitigating solutions. 2)       To ascertain/discoverthe reliability of the consultant organizations' accounting system and ensuring that proper accounting systems are in place and arefollowed up. 3)      To check Procurement aspect of the contracts, GMP, quality andexpirystatus of the drug purchased/dispensed by the implementing partners as well as human resource aspect of the contracts. The audit duration will be 8months, starting 10 days after the signing of thecontract with successful consultant/firm. The Ministry of Public Health nowinvites eligiblefirms toindicate their interest in providing the above services. Any organization expressing interest will need to demonstrate significant experience of auditingsimilar projects in similarenvironments, preferably including work experience in Afghanistan or in other similar contexts. Interested firms must provide informationindicating that they are qualified to perform the services, (if the firm was in Joint Venture/association) then role of the firm inthat assignment and value) experience in similar conditions, availability of appropriate skills among staff, etc. as detailedbelow. The main part of the EOI text should provide the information listed below and not exceed five (5) pages.Other additional brochures or information provided after the maximum five pages of textcan be submitted. The shortlisting criteria are: a)      General Qualification of the firms along withdate of establishmentand official registration document of the firms(in Afghanistan, or other countries); b)      Experience in providing the same or similar services (completedprojects with brief information on date, duration, location, fund amount and donor) in any country around theworld; c)      Strength of the firms in terms of availabilityof human resource(please include organizational structure) and financial capacity (including major source of fund, last five years cost flowfigure); A firm will be selected in accordance to Least Cost Selection(LCS) and with the procedures set out in the World Bank's Guidelines: Selection and Employment ofconsultant's by World BankBorrowers, January 2011. EOIs will be evaluated onthe quality of responses to the items listed above. After evaluation of the EOIs, ONLY shortlisted applicants will be qualified to receive theRequest for Proposals (RFP). The attention of interested firm is drawn to paragraph 1.9 of the World Bank's Guidelines:  Selection and Employment of consultant by World Bank Borrowers, January 2011 ("Consultant'sGuidelines"), setting forth the World Bank's policy on conflict of interest. Firms may associate toenhance their qualifications. They shallclearly indicate the nature of their association in two acceptable terminology i.e. Joint Venture or of a sub consultancy. In case of JV,there must be a clearly designated lead firm. The information listed above, needs to be submitted for each of the individualassociates. The EOI must be presentedin English and must be delivered with acovering letter (signed and stamped) by the following means: ·         Those applicants who can submit the EOI in person (Hand ?Deliveryby their staff) are required to submit a total of six (6) copies (One original and five copies) in a sealed envelope, along withsoft copy in a labeled CD-ROM. Each page of the original version should be signed and stamped. ·         Those applicants who cannot submit the EOI in person (Hand?Delivery bytheir staff) are required to submit their EOI, along with scanned copy of the receipt of the courier by email, and sendthe six hard copies(One original and five copies) in a sealed envelope by international courier. If firms wish to submit an EOI, they are kindly requested to submitthe EOI within Envelopes which is sealed and stamped and must be clearly indicated the following information on the outside of theenvelope: From: Name of theapplicant:?????????????????????????.. Applicant detailedaddress:???????????????????????. TO: Ministry of Public Health Grant & Services Contract Management Unit Marked For the attention of: GCMUAdministration Phone: (+93) 202301365 Info.gcmu@moph.gov.af  and info.gcmu@gmail.com Great Massoud Square, Kabul, Afghanistan. Subject: External Auditing of Consultants' (NGOs) Contracts under SEHAT Project The deadline for submission of the EOI is March, 02 2016 ( 12/12/1394) at11:00 am Kabultime. The EOI must besubmitted before the submission deadline to the aforementioned address. Interested firms may obtain furtherinformation from the contact provided below before Feb 23, 2016. Grant and Services Contract Management Unit (GCMU) Ministry of Public Health Kabul, Afghanistan E-mail:    info.gcmu@moph.gov.af  and info.gcmu@gmail.com

RFP-For provision of HACT Transitional Audit for UNDP Afghanistan on Long Term Agreement (LTA) Basis

United Nations Development Programme | Published December 13, 2015  -  Deadline December 30, 2015
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~~RFP-For provision of HACT Transitional Audit for UNDP Afghanistan on Long Term Agreement (LTA) Basis

Provision of the Audit of Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF) projects implemented by partners on long term agreement.

United Nations Development Programme | Published January 8, 2015  -  Deadline January 28, 2015
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Provision of the Audit of Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF) projects implemented by partners on long term agreement.

Provision of Audit services for Nationally Implemented (NIM) Projects on a Long Term Agreement (LTA) basis

United Nations Development Programme | Published November 4, 2014  -  Deadline November 18, 2014
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Provision of Audit services for Nationally Implemented (NIM) Projects on a Long Term Agreement (LTA) basis

Natl Horticulture & Livestock Project - P143841

Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock | Published November 5, 2015  -  Deadline November 22, 2015
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Post Completion Environmental & Social Auditor TOR for Post Completion Environmental& Social Audit of NHLPSub-Projects Jab Title:                                 Post Completion Environmental & SocialAuditor Location:                                Kabul ? Afghanistan Organization:                          Ministry ofAgriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) Project:                                    National Horticulture andLivestock Project(NHLP) Vacancy/REOI No:                MAIL/ARTF/NHLP/IC ?4347 Nationality:                             Individual   - International Job Posted:                              November 04, 2015 Closing Date:                          November22, 2015 Language:                               English (Essential) Dari and Pashto (Preferable) Duration of Assignment:        ( Two Months) Background ofNHLP: NHLP isto promote adoption of improved production practices by target farmers, with gradual rollout offarmer-centric agricultural services mechanisms and investment support. Service delivery centered on farmerswould lead in practice to increased participation ofbeneficiaries both in the definition of services required and in the delivery itself, as well as improved ratio of overall costsreaching beneficiaries as direct investments, in order to promote sustainability and efficiency. The National Horticulture and Livestock Project (NHLP) have three components: (1) Horticultural Production, (2) AnimalProduction and Health, and (3) Implementation Management and Technical Assistance Support. The project contributed to the overarching goal of increased productivity and overall production of horticulturalproducts and improved animal production and health. Accordingly NHLP financed and established 7,886 hectares of new orchards andrehabilitate 70,525 hectares existing orchards. Additionally coverage ofkitchen gardening support has reached to 58,116 schemes and has successfully introduced off-seasonvegetable production techniques through 910 micro-greenhouses. It has created a culture of high productivity dry land cultivationby establishment of 1,784 ha pistachio groves; andpromote modernization of horticulture sector, through the establishment of 53 haof high and medium density orchards. In livestock NHLP is supporting MAIL compliance with its Sanitary Mandate and initially focused on a brucellosiscontrol program in 348 districts of 34 provinces. Through this program, 782,280 young cattle and over 4 million young sheep andgoats have already been treated. On the production side, the delivery so far of extension messages has been carried out along withdistribution of improvedtechnology packages to 57,800 beneficiaries. In poultry, NHLP supported 5,020 female farmers with 30 layerpoultry package and 1,000 families with 100 layer/broiler package. Background of the study: Based on the findings of environmental and social assessmentconductedduring the design phase, NHLP recognized as a Category B project. Therefore, following World Bank operational policy on PestManagement (OP/BP 4.09) a reconnaissance level Pest Management Plan has been developed for NHLP project.  NHLP project mainstream the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach intothe project extension services and its M&E system. The project promotes safe agriculturalpractices, e.g. cultural andmechanical methods for fighting pests and diseases, in the relevant project areas. NHLP is planned to expand to the national leveland into different ecological zones in the country having longer term  perspective  which  require  proper policy  and  planning  tools  at  the  ministry  level.  Therefore,  the Ministry  of Agriculture  Irrigation  and  Livestock  (MAIL)  and  the  Bank commissioned  a  Strategic Environmental  Assessment  (SEA)  for  the  horticulture  and  livestock  subsectors  to mainstream  the environmental concerns intothe relevant policy, plans and program levels of MAIL. No  Social  Safeguards  policies  would be  triggered  and no  land  acquisition  or involuntary  resettlement would  be funded  or  take place  under  NHLP. All planned project interventions would take place on individual's own land where NHLP targets individual producers. In caseany minor areas of land would be  needed  for  a project  targeting  a group  of  beneficiaries (e.g.  In case  of  construction  of  small  water harvesting /irrigation structures), the landshould either be: (i) available government land; (ii) private land obtained through compensation paid by the community (i.e.transaction between willing buyer and willing seller) or, as a last resort; (iii) land obtained through private voluntarydonations, provided the donation would  have  minimal  livelihood  impact  on  the  concerned  person,  i.e.,  less than 10%.  Private voluntary donations  and  community  purchases  would  be  fully  documented  as  required  by  the ESMF  and  for government  land, documentation  would  be  needed that the  land in  question  is  free  of  encroachments, squatters or other encumbrances, andhas been transferred to theproject by  the authorities. The project wouldensure that no subsidies are given to interventions onland which are subject to dispute, and the ESMF contains specific screeningrequirements to ensure this. This would for example apply in case of establishment of new orchards. Therefore in order to maintain environmental and socialsustainability of the sub-projects, this is necessary to ensure successfulimplementation of all proposed mitigation measures andother recommendation as in the ESMF. Furthermore it's also important to follow implementation of impact monitoringplanning/programme for the unexpected impacts as well as compliances with environmental regulations of World Bank Safeguardpolicies and NEPA Afghanistan guidelines. Purpose of Study: In reference with the environmental and socialcompliance evaluation of the project the ESMF document of NHLP hasoutlined provisions for environmental and social auditing. The audit will specifically focus to achieve the followingobjectives: I.                        Assessment of the current status of potential adverse Environmental andSocial impacts commonly associated withsub-projects II.                        Assessment of procedures and methodologies followed for E& S planning, review, approval and implementation ofsub-projects; III.                        Review of  implementation of andeffectiveness of the offered environmental and social management framework (ESMF) and SEA IV.                        Review of  the initial Environmentaland Social screening system used for the sub-projects; V.                        Assessment of compliances of implementation of the IPM and PMP in relevant sub-projects VI.                        Assessment of how environmental health and social issues have been addressed across sub-projects VII.                        Propose  remedial measures in caseof  failing ESMF implementation VIII.                        Assess compliances with NEPA regulations and environmental pollution control discharge standards; IX.                        Assess compliances with national environmental policies, laws, NEPA regulations, and standards as well as World BankSafeguard polices; X.                        Review the specified roles and responsibilities and the  reporting procedures related to E&S issues and EXMF implementation across sub-projects Theenvironmental and social auditing will be cover but not necessarily be restricted to: o   Review of all sub-projects whether the works undertaken complied with the proposed mitigationmeasuresand World Bank and NEPA guidelines on social and environment safeguards framework. o   Review the project ESMF, PMP,IPM and other Environmental Management and Safeguards implementation arrangements whetherthey are adequate and according to theneeds in the subproject areas.If there are shortcomings, what they are and what measures should be considered to improveit. o   Review how much theEnvironmental safeguards implementation is mainstreamed into the whole project cycle including, M&E, reporting, training,budgeting and etc. If there are shortcomingprovide needed improvements. o   Review whether target farmers/communities, including women, were involved and awareof possible impacts of the activities before the implementation of sub-projects. o   Review whether general awareness raising programs were conducted for the targetfarmers or communities, incl. women. o   Review how the grievances of the farmers and communities, if any, were addressed,recorded and reported. o   Check and verify the soil contamination, water pollution, air pollution, and noisepollution etc., those issues related to preventive measures in NHLP ESMF. o   Undertake checking of the provisions of ESMF through field visits or possibly on sample basisselect randomly in consultation with NHLP provincial offices. Scope of works: 1.     Obtain andreview the following required documents. This may include, but not limited to; § World BankEnvironmental and Social Safeguard Polices, § Afghanistan Environmental Law § NEPAEnvironmental and Social Impact Assessment guidelines (EIA/ESIA) § MAIL/NHLPStrategic Environmental Assessment study (SEA) § NHLPEnvironmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF) § NHLPIntegrated Pest Management Plan (PMP) § NHLPSocial Assessment Report § NHLPGrievance Redress Mechanism (GRM) 2.     Review theabove documents, discuss with the sub-project proponents as well as the surrounding community and visits the location andenvironment of the sub-projects. 3.     Conductsite visits to all regional offices and sub-project sites for verifying implementation/monitoring and the establishment offacilities related to mitigation measures and environmental & social safeguard issues in respect to the following topicsrecommended in ESMF and PMP: § Humanhealth § Loss oflivelihood § Damage tocultural properties § Damage tonatural resources such as water, rangelands, forests etc. § Pesticidesand fertilizers residues in soil and water § Soilerosion and contamination § Vegetationflora and fauna § Noisepollution § Landacquisition § Water andair quality § Deforestation § Safetyhazards and resettlement 4.     Socio-economic profile of individual sub-projectbeneficiaries vs non-beneficiaries at community level check and verifyimplementation of the proposed environmental and social mitigation measures in the implementation of ESMF provision duringsub-project identification, preparation, monitoring, and development; 5.     Highlightany deviations from the proposed environmental and social mitigation measures and to prepare a revised ESMF/ESMP incorporating thenecessary migratory measures. 6.     Documentany adverse environmental impacts that were not anticipated in the NHLP ESMF reports that may have occurred during the projectimplementation. 7.     Check andverify the NHLP established orchards or rehabilitated orchards complied with World Bank and NEPA procedures. 8.     Recommendation and suggestion of corrective measures to overcome any failure to do so as planned in the NHLP ESMFdocument. 9.     Recommendation regarding how to increase NHLPs social outreach (increase inclusion of women and poorer social groups) Reporting Requirements: The Consultant shouldsubmit the following Reports: Inception Report: Within one month of the commencement of services, I.            Suggested the methodproposed for sampling of the contracts to be audited II.            The format of theaudit report III.            How the audit will beorganized in both field and NHLP HQ. 10.  Draft Audit Report: separate reports for each part audited covering allthe abovestated tasks. 11.  Final Audit Report: present the final report in the presences of NHLP and World Bankenvironmental and social safeguard team members. The report should be separated in to parts of Environmental, Social and GrievanceRedresses. Qualifications andwork experience required: The consultantshould have clearunderstanding about environmental auditing system/process and requirements. [MP2D1] . The Specialist should have a minimum of 3years work experience in Environmental Management and Monitoring Plan related auditing preferably in agriculture and livestockprojects. The consultant should possess at least a Master's Degree in Environmental Sciences / Natural Resource Management or anyother related field, including work experiences in developing countries. . The consultantshould have successfully completed at least two environmental audits in projects ofenvironmental management plan implementation. Those consultants having experience with the World Bank and/or Agriculture andLivestock projects will be given preference. Note: NHLP is an equal opportunities employer and encourages qualified men and women to apply. TheNational Consultant who possess the qualification and experience mentioned above can also apply for this assignment. Submission Guideline: Please submit your updated resumes along with a cover letter quoting the Job Title tothe attention of Project Director NHLP. nhlp.vacancies@mail.gov.af , copy to mir.lakanwal@mail.gov.af  No Later thanNovember 22, 2015 the interview date/s and venue will be determined soon after theexpiry of the deadline for applications [MP2D1]The sentence isdeleted

Trans-Hindukush Road Connectivty Project - P145347

THRCP Office | Published January 26, 2016  -  Deadline February 27, 2016
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Technical And Procurement Audit REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST (CONSULTING SERVICES ? FIRMS SELECTION) Afghanistan Trans-Hindukush Road Connectivity Project (THRCP) Project ID: P145347 Assignment Title: Technical and Procurement Audit Reference No.:MPW/WB/IDA/THRCP/CS/014 The Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan hasreceived financing from the International Development Association (IDA) toward the cost of the Trans-Hindukush Road ConnectivityProject (THRCP), and intends to apply part of the proceeds for the consulting services described further below. The Trans-Hindukush Road Connectivity Project (THRCP)is intended to improve the movement of goods and freight between the Northern provinces and the Capital of Afghanistan. Through theTHRCP the Government of Afghanistan intends to i) upgrade the Bamiyan to Baghlan Road to pavednational highway standards; and ii)rehabilitate the Salang Pass roadand tunnel, in order to ensure road connectivity across the Hindukushmountain range all yearround, as well as to enhance local and international trade, and regional integration. The project implementation agency will be the Ministry of Public Works (MPW). MPW wishes to engage a Technical Auditor (consultant firm) to carryout regular technical andprocurement audits to verify that (i) the road works funded under the project have been executed in line with theapplicablespecifications and that (ii) procurement rules and laws have been followed. The assignment should also increase local capacity fortechnical auditing of road infrastructure projects in Afghanistan. (i)       Auditing of road works: The technical audit will be the main activity under this assignment.  It will involve the drilling of road core samples on completed pavements and their analysis in specializedlaboratories, and the testing of completed structures. There shall be on average of one sample per every lane-km of constructedhighway section, taken at random locations and/or at locations where problems may be suspected by the auditor.  For the 150 km of the Bamiyan to Baghlan road there will thus be about 300 pavement coresamples to be taken and analyzed.  For the 87 km of Salang road rehabilitation therewill be about 174 pavement core samples to be taken and analyzed. The Consultant will also carry out both visual inspection andaccompanying tests for structures (bridges, culverts, etc.), including tests for finishing, soundness, strength and otherparameters to confirm the integrity of the structures. Technical audits will be carried out in roughlysix-month intervals during aperiod of 6 (six) years, with a total of12 (twelve) audit missions to Afghanistan. The technical auditor may subcontract actual drilling of samples, reinstatement of drilled holesand laboratory testing of samplesto an appropriate, qualified and independent firm or institution. He will however be directlyresponsible for supervising with his own staff any subcontractor used, to ensure (i) the appropriate location of samples to betaken (to avoid collusion with contractor or supervision consultant), (ii) the quality and accuracy of all subcontracted work, andespecially (iii) to ensure the accuracy of laboratory tests. (ii)     Procurement audit: The Consultant will carry out an independent evaluation of procurement under the Project. This will include review ofprocedures for inviting bids, short-listing or pre-qualification of bidders, selection of consultants and contractors in compliancewith the relevant procurement rules and laws, including World Bank procurement rules and those of other involved funding agencies(if applicable). The Consultant will also review bid/proposal evaluation reports prepared by the MPW with the objective ofidentifying any potential corrupt practices in the bids/proposals; and review the internal control systems for fiduciarymanagement. Procurement audits will be carried out at thetime of the regular technical audit visits of the consultant team toAfghanistan. The Ministry of Public Works now invites eligible consulting firms ("Consultants") to indicatetheir interest in providing the Services. Interested Consultants should provide information demonstrating that they have therequired qualifications and relevant experience to perform the Services. The shortlisting criteria are: -         previous experience astechnical auditors; -         previous experience inquality assurance in road/highway projects; -         experience intheregion and in Afghanistan; -         experience in capacitybuilding of government institutions. The attention of interested Consultants is drawn to paragraph 1.9 of the World Bank's Guidelines:Selection and Employment of Consultantsunder IBRD Loans and IDA Credits & Grants by World Bank Borrowers("ConsultantGuidelines"), setting forth the World Bank's policy on conflict of interest. Consultants may associate with other firms in the form of a joint venture or a sub-consultancy to enhance their qualifications. Ifconsultants intend to associate with other firms, they areadvised to clearly identify the lead partner and state the compositionand nature of the association (JV/sub-consultant) in their EOI. In case the EOI is submitted in form of JV, each partner in theassociation shall meet the minimum requirements defined above, under the short listing criteria. However, the short listingcriteria will not be applied and considered for sub-consultants. A consultant firm will be selected though Quality and Cost BasedSelection (QCBS) in accordance with the  procedures setout in the World Bank's Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants by World Bank Borrowers dated January 2011, Revised July 2014. Further information can be obtained at the address below during office hours, i.e. 0900 to 1600hours. The attention of interested Consultants is drawn to paragraph 1.9 of the World Bank's Guidelines:Selection and Employment of Consultantsunder IBRD Loans and IDA Credits & Grants by World Bank Borrowers("ConsultantGuidelines"), setting forth the World Bank's policy on conflict of interest. Expressions of interest must be delivered in a written form to the address below (in person, or bymail, or by fax, or by e-mail) by February 25, 2016. Interested consultants must provide information indicating that they arequalified to perform the services (brochures, description of similar assignments, experience in similar conditions, availability ofappropriate skills among staff, etc.). Project ManagementTeam Attn: Abdul Satar Salim, THRCPExecutive Director THRCP Office, Opposite KMTC,Jalalabad Road Kabul,Afghanistan Tel: +93799306173 E-mail: THRCP.Proc@mopw.gov.af

Audit of costs incurred under UNESCO’s Implementation Partnership Agreements with the Ministry of Education under the Programme for Enhancement of Literacy in Afghanistan Phase III

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization | Published June 6, 2016
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United Nations Educational, Science and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) hereby invite qualified companies to submit sealed tenders as follows:

You are invited to submit an offer for the Audit of Costs Incurred under UNESCO’s Implementation Partnership Agreements with the Ministry of Education in accordance with the present solicitation document.  These partnership agreements are part of the Programme for Enhancement of Literacy in Afghanistan Phase III.

Please refer to attached procurement notice

Audit of Costs Incurred under UNESCO’s Implementation Partnership Agreements with the Ministry of Education in accordance with the present solicitation document. These partnership agreements are part

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization | Published June 2, 2015  -  Deadline July 2, 2015
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~~United Nations Educational, Science and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) hereby invite qualified companies to submit sealed tenders as follows: You are invited to submit an offer for the Audit of Costs Incurred under UNESCO’s Implementation Partnership Agreements with the Ministry of Education in accordance with the present solicitation document.  These partnership agreements are part of the Programme for Enhancement of Literacy in Afghanistan Phase III. The scope of the audit covers the costs incurred under the Implementation Partners Agreements (IPAs), which are defined as all expenses and disbursements listed in the Statements of Expenditures (referred to in the IPA as ‘financial reports’) submitted to the UNESCO Office in Kabul. Please refer to attached Procurement Notice

UNDP/AFG/RFP/2018/0000001996 - Provision of Human Resource Deep Dive Audit for Recruitment and Human Resource Management of Ministry of Interior Affairs (MOIA) Senior Civilians

UNDP - AFGHANISTAN | Published February 1, 2018  -  Deadline February 21, 2018
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UNDP/AFG/RFP/2018/0000001996 - Provision of Human Resource Deep Dive Audit for Recruitment and Human Resource Management of Ministry of Interior Affairs (MOIA) Senior Civilianshttp://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/operations/procurement/business/procurement-notices/resources/

AF: ARTF-Public Fin. Mgmt. Reform II - P120427

Afghanistan Reconstruction and Development Services (ARDS) | Published January 8, 2015  -  Deadline January 31, 2015
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Professional Certification Program (pcp) REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST For Professional Certification Program (PCP) Ref No.:          MoF/1982/QCBS PPNo.:          MOF/340/IAD/PFMR-II/10/93 Project:           Public Financial Management Reform Project-II(PFMR-II) Grant No.:     TF 010024 Procurement Type:   Consulting Services 1.         The Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GIRA)has received a grant from the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF), and will use part of the proceeds of the grant to makepayments under a contract for Consultancy Services of Professional Certification Program for Internal Audit Department of theMinistry of Finance (MOF) & Line Ministries. 2.         A brief description of the projectis providedbelow: The goal of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (IRA) includes maintaining appropriate fiduciary standardsto provide reasonable assurance to the Afghan Public and International donors that government resources and donor funds are subjectto appropriate allocationand expenditure controls. An important objective is achieving compliance with international standards offinancial management including theuse of internationally recognized accounting, auditing and reporting standards enabled by moderntechnology and software applications. The Internal Audit component of the PFMR-II project seeksto help establish an effective Internal Audit Service throughout the national government that meets acceptable standards. Thiscomponent first established the necessary Internal Audit frame work within the Ministry of Finance, and then aims to extend the IAframework to line ministries. This undertaking seeks to consolidate and enhance the improvements in public financial management ofthe past years and to prepare the Ministry of Finance through the work of an effective Internal Audit function to ensure theapplication of the public financial management law and effective controlof budget aggregates. The objective of this contract is the preparation oftraining material and the delivery of formal classroom training & exam preparation in following professional & technicalcertification programs: a) Certified Internal Auditor(CIA) b) Certified Fraud Examiner(CFE) c) Certified Information SystemsAuditor (CISA) d) Project Management Professional(PMP) Thesetraining programs will be for the staff of Internal Audit department of MoF and other line ministries and State administereddepartments. The project aims to provide certifiable classroom trainingon these four professional certification programs to one hundred (100) civil servants includingcadres' of Internal Auditors of theMinistry of Finance, all line ministries and State Administered departments. After successful completion of tuition, theparticipants should be introduced / sent for "Certification Exams" from all relevantinstitutions. The successfulConsultant would work closely with theDirectorate General Internal Audit and Project Management Team of Public Financial ManagementReform Project (PFMR-II) of IAD in Ministry of Finance. The Consultantwould report to the Director General of Internal Audit but would be required to consult extensively at all stages with the WorldBank project team of IAD (PFMR-II), and be capable of satisfying tight deadlines / deliverables at all stages of their assignment,specifically their reporting obligations specified in the Terms of Reference for this project. 3          Afghanistan Reconstruction and DevelopmentServices (ARDS) on behalf of MOF now invites eligible consultants to express their interest in providing the abovementionedservices for the GIRA. Interested consultants must provide information demonstrating their relevant qualifications to perform theservicesincluding: Descriptions of similar assignments, the staffinvolved and the methodology used, indicating the nature and scope of these assignments, undertaken either through direct contractor where key staff have dischargedlead and managerial rolesExperience of working under similar conditions inpost conflict countries and the methodology employed;Financialcapability.Availability of appropriate skills & knowledgeamong staff, including experience of business processes, knowledge of government and donor fund accounting and financial reporting,public financial management, systems integration information technology and language capabilities;References 4          The main part of the EOI shall be a specificpaper of not more than five (5) pages which should comprise a brief presentation of the firm or association, recent references andexperience of similar assignments and under similar conditions The same text,together with all other material (brochures, description of similar assignments, experience in similar conditions, financialcapability, appropriate skills among staff, etc.), shall be sent in soft and hard copy to the address given below. Respondents areencouraged to provide only material that is specific to the proposed services, and to avoid submitting generic promotionalmaterial. 5          Consultants may associate to enhance theirqualification or access to local advisors. The association may take the form of a Joint Venture (with joint and several liabilitiesof all partners) or a sub-consultancy. If consultants intend to associate with other firms, they are invited to state in their EOIthecomposition and form of the association. 6.         The Criteria for short listing of the consultingfirms shall be as follows: ·         The firm should have been in academic / educational/ CD business for at least 5years. ·         The firm shall be financially sound with an average annual turnover of more than USD1,000,000.00 during the last five years. ·         The firm should have at least 3 years similar experiences in academic / educational /Capacity Development business. ·         Availability of appropriate skills & knowledge among staff, including experienceof business processes, financial accounting / auditing, knowledge of government and donor fund accounting and financial reporting,public financial management, systems integration information technology and languagecapabilities. 7.         A consultant will be selected throughQuality-and-Cost Based Selection (QCBS) in accordance with the procedures set out in the World Bank's Guidelines: Selection andEmployment of Consultants by World Bank Borrowers dated January 2011. 8.         Interested eligible biddersmayobtain further information from Afghanistan Reconstruction and Development Services (ARDS) at the address given below from 8:00hrs to 16:30 hrs on any working day from Saturday to Wednesday. Expression ofInterest must be delivered to the address below by 31thJanuary 2015 at 14:00 local time. Address:- AfghanistanReconstruction and Development Services (ARDS) Ministry ofEconomy Building, 4th floor, Malik AsgharSquare, Kabul,Afghanistan Email:abdullah.khalid@ards.org.af Copy to:said.bahawddin@ards.org.af Web: -www.ards.org.af

AF: ARTF-Public Fin. Mgmt. Reform II - P120427

Supreme Audit Office | Published August 2, 2016  -  Deadline August 19, 2016
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Consulting Services- Individual Consultant Selection REQUEST FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST(REOI) (CONSULTING SERVICES- INDIVIDUAL CONSULTANT SELECTION) Country:                        Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Name of the Project:      PublicFinancial ManagementReform Project (PFMR-II) Consulting services:       International Advisor (Individual Consultant) to the Performanceand EnvironmentAudit Department Duty Station:                 Supreme Audit Office/Afghanistan GRANT No.:                 (TF-10024) BACKGROUND The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan represented by Supreme Audit Office (SAO), has received agrant under PFMR-II - the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF), which is administered by the World Bank and intends toapply part of the proceeds to make payments under a contract for consultancy services for the post of an Advisor to provide supportto Performance audit Department on operational matters, and to assist the SAO to build its capacity to conduct performance auditsas per the ISSAIs. PFMR-II Project Development Objective (PDO): Include strengthening public financial management inAfghanistan through effective procurement, treasury and audit structures and systems in line with sound financial managementstandards of monitoring, reporting and control. The project's investments amongst others include support for building skills andimproving infrastructure for external audit of the SAO to improve management oversight of its own operations and strengthenexternal accountability of the executive. SUMMARY OF ASSIGNMENT Performance Audit is one of the key audits that the SAO is mandated to conduct as per theAfghanistan Supreme Audit Office Law. Building of the SAO capacity to conduct performance auditsis also one of the key supportareas within the PFMR II Project. As per the ARTF, the SAO was given benchmark targets for conducting set performance audits inselected ministries. The Performance and Environment Audit Department currently has 10 auditors. These auditors haveundertaken a number of short courses on Performance Auditing in and outside Afghanistan inthe last two years.  The team was able to conduct two (2) performance audits and one (1) environmental audit in2015 and are currently conducting 2 performance audits this year. Based on the set World Bank benchmarks, the SAO will be requiredto conduct five (5) performance audits in 2017. Although some progress has so been made in building SAO's performance and environment auditingcapacity, there is still significant support needed in order to fully build the SAO's performance audit capacity. Thus, the needfor an International Advisor to the Performance and Environment Audit Department. The Advisor will support the Department on various policy issues and also help conduct trainings,develop relevant manuals and checklists and also support the Performance Auditors in theplanning, execution, reporting andfollow-up on the audits conducted. DETAILED RESPONSIBILITIES OF THEASSIGNMENT The International Advisor will carry out the following tasks: 1.     Advise theHead of Performance and Environment Audit Department on policy and operational matters; 2.     Assist in thedevelopment of an overall training and capacity building plan and personal development plans for all staff of the Performance andEnvironmentAudit Department, including targets to assess progress in capacity building; 3.     Design acomprehensive training course on performance audit and develop training course materials including trainingsessions; 4.     Review anddevelopment of relevant audit policies, guidelines and checklists for the Department based on the relevant INTOSAI standards andlocal laws; 5.     Providesupportin the development of the SAO Performance Audit Manual; 6.     Provideformal as well as on-the-job training to the SAO performance audit Departmentin planning, conducting and reporting the results ofactual performance and environment audits conducted; 7.     Mentor allPerformance and Environment Audit Department staff in their personal and professional development activities including ensuringthat good practice is established and maintained in the conduct of audit work; 8.     Support thePerformance and Environment Audit Department in executing and achieving thebenchmarks set for it by the WorldBank; DELIVERABLES AND EXPECTEDOUTPUTS Outputs will include: 1.     A detailedwork plan with measurable performance targets; 2.     MonthlyProgress Reports against the work plan; 3.     A medium termtraining and capacity building plan for the SAO Performance and Environment Audit Department; 4.     Training ofstaff in Performance and Environment Audits; 5.     Updated/developed Performance and Environment Audit Strategy, Performance Audit Manual, Guidelines and checklists; 6.     Evidence ofsignificant improvement in audit efficiency and the quality and quantity ofPerformance and Environment audit reports. (The Advisorshould assistthe Department to successfully conduct at least three performance audits). KEY QUALIFICATIONS ANDEXPERIENCE ·         A certified professional qualification in CIPFA, ACCA, CPA, CIMA or Masters Degree inAccounting/Auditing ·         Minimum of seven (07) years post qualification working experience in public sector performance audit atmanagerial level; ·         Thorough knowledge in international standardson public sector performance audit; ·         Experience in capacity development, compilation of training materials and delivery of trainings on variousperformance audit topics; ·         Experience in development and Compilation of guidelines and reference materials in performanceaudit. ·         Experience in Afghanistan, especially with the GoA financial systems and procedures will be highlyregarded. Management and teamwork: ·         Ability to manage staff and contribute to the skills development and capacity building; ·         Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieveorganizationalgoals; ·         Solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise; is willing tolearn from others; ·         Place steam agenda before personal agenda; ·         Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, evenwhen such decisionsmay not entirely reflect own position; ·         Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for teamshortcomings; Communications: ·         Good communication (spoken and written) skills,including ability to explain and present program supportservices-related information/requirements and prepare written documents/communications in a clear, concisestyle. ·         Excellent skills in English (listening, reading, writing, and speaking) required; ·         Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and respondsappropriately; ·         Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping peopleinformed Competencies : ·Ability to determine and review priorities and meetdeadlines; ·         Ability to multi-task and work under pressure; ·         Ability to work independently and also as an effective team member; ·         Ability to develop capacity and competencies of staff and to transferskills. Liaison and ReportingArrangement The Advisor will be reporting to the Auditor Generaland the Head of P&E Audit Department Duration of Assignment: The assignment is initially for seven (7)months and may be extended if required conditionally upon availability of funds. Interested consultants must provide theirupdated curriculumvitae, indicating personal and technical skills, qualifications and experience in similar assignments. An individual consultant will be selectedin accordance withthe procedures set out in the Consultant Guidelines. The attention ofinterested consultants is drawn to paragraph1.9 of the World Bank Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants under IBRD Loans andIDA Credits and Grants by World Bankborrowers dated July 2014 ('Consultant Guidelines"), setting forth the World Bank's policy on conflictof interest. Further information and a copy of thedetailed Terms of Reference (TORs) can be obtained at the address below during working days from 08:00 to 16:00hours. Expressions of interest must be deliveredin a written form to the address below in person, or by mail, or by e-mail on or before August 19, 2016 at5:00pm. Attention:  Mohammad Dawood Safi Procurement and Services General Manager Supreme Audit Office Darulaman, Kabul, Afghanistan Email: dawoodsafi2006@yahoo.com ; andcopy to:  w.poya@sao.gov.af Web site: www.sao.gov.af

AF: ARTF-Public Fin. Mgmt. Reform II - P120427

National Procurement Authority | Published September 22, 2015  -  Deadline October 21, 2015
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International Advisor (individual Consultant) To Auditor REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST (Individual Consultant) Country:                                  Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Name of theProject:               Public FinancialManagement Reform Project (PFMR-II) ConsultingServices:               International Advisor(Individual Consultant) to Auditor General Duty Station:                          Kabul Project ID No.:                      P 120427 Grant No.:                             TF-10024 REOI Ref. No.:                     NPA/SAO/CS-1003/IC Advertising Date:                   September 22, 2015 Closing Date:                          October 21, 2015 Background: The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan represented by Supreme Audit Office (SAO), has received agrant under PFMR-II -the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF), which is administered by the World Bank and intends to applypart of the proceeds to make payments under a contract for consultancy services  for the post of an Advisor to provide support to the Auditor General in policy matters,international co-operation, external audit, support services &sustainable capacity building activities in the SAO . PFMR-II Project DevelopmentObjective (PDO):  Include strengthening publicfinancial management in Afghanistan through effective procurement, treasury and auditstructures and systems in line with soundfinancial management standards of monitoring, reporting and control. The project's investments amongst others include support for building skills andimproving infrastructure for external audit of the SAO to improve management oversight ofits own operations and strengthen externalaccountability of the executive. Summary ofAssignment International Advisor (Individual Consultant) to Auditor Generalwill carry out various activities primarily providing advice andsupport in all the technical matters and coordinate the PFMRII projectactivities, focusing on policy direction (on audit methodology and audit manual, audit procedures,review the current competencies and training needs of the SAO), implementation ofaudit law, external audits-monitoring of existing consultancy, budget/procurement plan requirements amongstothers. Detailed RESPONSIBILITIES of Assignment:Coordinate the PFMR II project component in SAOAdvice Auditor General on policy and operational matters Support in implementing Audit law & draft necessary regulations.Monitor implementation of PFMR II in SAO including consultancy firms inSAO & procurementplans.Oversee Strategic Development Plan & Operational Plan.Coordinate & Conducting training activities in SAOAssist International Relations to other bodies and countriesTo advice on legal framework of auditing and subsequent regulationsSupport to develop relation with international organization such as INTOSAI and ASOSAI Tasks and deliverables- TheConsultant will be responsiblefor the following: 1.      Undertake activities to support the SAO technical activities and policy documents asdescribedabove. 2.      Foster various institutional development activities; 3.      Take initiative  in making the Audit functional as per the provisions of the law; 4.      Mentor and build capacity of the SAO staff;and 5.      Any other business, whenrequired and advised by the client. 6.      Work in collaboration with other consultants and the directorates in SAO in all aspects ofactivities. 7.      Submit Quarterly reportsor as desired by the client. EXPERIENCE,QUALIFICATIONS/SKILLS, AND COMPETENCIESREQUIRED The successful candidate will beable towork without direct supervision, pay attention to detail and will exhibit personal commitment, drive for results,efficiency, flexibility, respect for diversity, creative thinking and problem solving. Qualifications/Skills: Qualification:A recognized professional accountancy qualification, (Chartered /Certified Accountant / Cost Accountant Degree/Government Auditorin SAI;) ·         Professionalism ? 10 years minimum experience in the relevant areasought; a highly developed understanding of oversight   activities and general operations? significant experience(10 years and more) and knowledge of: i) Audit, budgeting and finance; and ii) administration operations - experience and abilityto represent an organization to external stakeholders including donors, Government of Afghanistan (GoA),and other developmentagencies - demonstrated ability to apply good judgment in the context of assignments given ? extremely high level of discretion; ·         Experience of having led a team of audit professionalsindependently. ·         Planning & Organizing - Ability to plan own work and manageconflicting priorities; ·         Management ? Ability to manage staff and contribute to the skillsdevelopment and capacity building; ·         Communications - Good communication (spoken and written) skills,including ability to explain and present program support services-related information/requirements and prepare writtendocuments/communications in aclear, concise style; ·         Technology Awareness - Highly developed computer skills using Word,Excel, PowerPoint and the Internet; ·         Teamwork - Good interpersonal skills and ability to establish andmaintain effective working relations with people in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect fordiversity; ·         Excellent skills in English (listening, reading, writing, and speaking)required; ·         Experience in Afghanistan, especially with the GoA financial systems and procedures, will be highly regarded. ·         Experience with World Bank funded projects financial management systemsand procedures will be highly regarded. Competencies: ·         Ability to communicate effectively with persons of various cultures anddisciplines; ·         Ability to determine and review priorities and meetdeadlines; ·         Ability to multi-task and work underpressure; ·         Ability to work independently and also as an effective teammember; ·         Ability to display cultural, gender, religious, racial, nationalheritage and age sensitivityand adaptability. Managerialcompetencies: ·        Provenability to lead and motivate staff in challenging environments; ·        Ability to develop and manage professional relationships; ·         Ability to develop capacity andcompetencies of staff and to transfer skills. Team Work ·        Workscollaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; ·        Solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise;is willing to learn fromothers; ·        Placesteam agenda before personal agenda; ·        Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect ownposition; ·        Sharescredit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings; Communication: ·         Speaks and writes clearly andeffectively; ·         Listens to others, correctlyinterprets messages from others and responds appropriately; ·         Asks questions to clarify, andexhibits interest in having two-way communication; Tailors language, tone, style and format to matchtheaudience; ·         Demonstrates openness insharinginformation and keeping people informed; Reportingrelationships: Report to Auditor General GoIRA. Period of Assignment: The assignment is initially for 12 months and may be extended if required conditionally upon availability offunds. SAO now invites eligible individual consultants to indicate their interest in providing the above mentionedservices. Interestedconsultants must provide information indicating that they are qualified to perform the services (in addition tothe educational qualifications, experience of similar assignments and country of work etc. shouldbe incorporated in the  CV to be submitted along with  expression ofinterest/application). A consultant will be selected in accordance with the proceduresset out in section V of the WorldBank's Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants by World Bank Borrowers (January 2011). Interested consultants may obtain further information at the address belowduring office hours [i.e. 0900 to 1600 hours]. Expressions of interest must be delivered in a written form to the address below(in person, or by mail, or by e-mail) by 16:00 hours (Kabul Local Time) on October 21, 2015. Attention:  Mr. Aziz AhmadObaidi National ProcurementAuthority Administrative Office of thePresident Pashtunestan Wat, Kabul,Afghanistan Email: aziz.obaidi@aop.gov.af  copied towais.rahimi@aop.gov.af , yama.yari@aop.gov.af & w.poya@sao.gov.af Web site: www.npa.gov.af

AF: Afghanistan Rural Access Project - P125961

Minstry of Finance (MoF) | Published May 30, 2016  -  Deadline June 27, 2016
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Technical Audit Terms of Reference Technical Audit of ARAP/NRAP I. Background TheGovernment of Afghanistan (GoA) attaches a high priority to employment generation through improving rural accessibility which ithas been promoting by undertaking quality reconstruction of rural access infrastructure since 2002. Theoriginally known National Emergency Employment Program (NEEP) has been enhanced in 2005 to NRAP the National Rural Access programshifting its focusfrom primarily employment generation to the provision of quality rural roads and creating jobs when feasible,while the National Roads Strategy developed in 2005 also identified the poor condition of the roadsas a major constraint to thecountry's economic and social development. NRAPis now one of the National Priority Programs (NPP) of the National Unity government of Afghanistan. NRAP is implemented by Ministryof Public Worksfor district roads and Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development for village roads and strategically overseenby the Ministry of Finance. TheNationalRural Access program has been substantially supported by International Development Association IDA/WB and AfghanistanReconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF) contributors through WB Afghanistan. Since its inception the program has collectively rehabilitated more than 13000 km of rural roads with its associatedinfrastructures through different projects and generated around 17 million labor-days of employment sinceinception.  The program has been working in all 34 provinces via adapting its implementation strategiesby adjusting to evolving insecurity in different provinces. TheAfghanistan Rural Access Project (ARAP) is an ongoing project among the seriesof Bank's supported projects in the last fourteenyears to the government through National Rural Access program. The collective original cost of the project is US$ 332 millioncontributed by IDA US$125 millionand ARTF US$ 207 million. However, that will be increased by US$150 million more in additionalfinancing. Theproject consists of three main components A, B and C: Component A worth US$ 186 million for improvement of collectively 1250 Kmconsists of 1000Km unpaved and 250 km paved surface secondary/district roads as well as routine and periodic maintenance of 1000 kmof pre-rehabilitated maintainable roads of the same class. Component B worth US$ 128 million is allocated to improve 1300Km gravelsurfaced village roads and routine/ periodic maintenance of 2000Km of Pre-rehabilitated network in maintainable condition of thesame class. While component C worth US$ 18 million is allocated for program planning, developing, institutional strengthening andprogram coordination support. Asper the project Results Framework and monitoring, some unique and innovative approaches that are already being deployed elsewhere,should be launchedto facilitate timely improvement in project implementation process aswell as record the lessons learned to formthe basis for  improvement in subsequent projects. Technical Audit has been conducted in the previous project, namely, NERAP independent international consultant and whichbrought significant improvementin implementation of the last project. We are repeating the same practice in ARAP project forsimilar objectives. II. Objectives of the assignment Theobjective of the assignment is to carry out a technical audit of ARAP to verify: (i)The sufficiency of the policy and procedures in place to effectively and efficiently achieve the project'sobjectives; (ii)The completeness and applicability of the technical standards and manuals in use: (iii) The adequacy of institutional capacity in implementing the above systems andstandards; (iv)That the as-built roads under the project conform to the technical standards and specifications specified in the contractdocuments Theconsultant's assignment is summarized as follows: ·      Review the previous technical audit report findings and evaluate to what extentthe recommendations were followed and adopted by the program; ·      Develop an action plan for the assignment, ·      Review current operational/implementation processes such as development,procurement, and implementation including maintenance of the subprojects. ·      Review available standards, norms and technical specification for roads andstructures and verify them with field work, including inspection of a representative sample of as-built roads of different classes. ·      Review the Project Implementation Manual (PIM)and provide necessaryimprovement. ·      Follow-up the desk review by field visits to representative road and bridgesub-projects, ·      Provide clear recommendations in a Draft Technical Audit Report:  the descriptive report should include but not limited to: ü   Analysis matrix to compare andcontrast the adaptability of operational and implementation processes, as well as technical standards with practices both in officeand site. ü  Prepare action plan to fill the gaps and address the findings toimproveefficiencies, increase effectiveness and finally enhance governance and control. ü  Reflect on the appropriateness of the technical standards in terms of thefunction and performance of the different classes of roads in the field under the project ·      Present the draft report, findings and recommendations to the NRAP managementprior to finalization. ·      Finalize the report taking into account comments received from program throughNCU. III. Scope of the Work Activities undertaken by the consultant will include mainly three major areas, butnot limited to: A.                Review ofexisting systems and manuals: Undertake a desk review of all technical documentationapplied under ongoing and past projects of NRAP Program includingstandard drawings, technical specifications, templates andtechnical survey documents; the following are details: Review the existing development stage including sub-project selection,prioritization, survey, design, as well as review network planning, cost estimation systems and provide necessary recommendationsif any.Review the procurement stage, including procurement principles, biddingprocedure and contract documentand compare them with practice in places. iii.      Review and assess Technical Specifications Part A road and B structures(secondary roads more than 262 pages), Technical Specification Part A road, B Structures (Tertiary Roads more than 160 pages) and CSuspension Bridges almost 22 pages and provide necessary recommendation for further improvement. iv.      Review and assess implementation of maintenance schemes separately in all threestages of development,procurement and implementation and provide necessary recommendation for improvement v.      Review the Project Implementation manual, which includes project management,procurement, Financial Management and safeguard sections. Review Sample designs both for district and village roads as well as theirBill of Quantities (BoQ) andprovide recommendations for improvement. For a representative sample of completed works, comparison ofthe scope of works and detailed design as defined in the contracts with actual final measured works; identify the extent ofdiscrepancy and the resulting cost and time implications. vii.      Review of any other relevant technical document available in program. B.                 Review of thecurrent Implementation stage: Assess the standard operating procedures applied by both PIUs of MRRD and MoPW in view of thesedocumentsand technical specifications; undertake field assessments of selectedsub-projects across the country to review theimplementation stage toverify: existence of  sound constructionsupervision, contract management procedures  to monitor contract values, cost and timeoverruns, and factors associated with them, and applicability and adherence thereto; To what extent workshave been executed instrict compliance with the requirements of the Contract Documents and bills of quantity; Compliance with the technical specifications, whether waivers of any specifictesting or other quality assurance measures were approved and type of guarantee accepted for such waivers and theirrelevance. Whether from the inspection records all materials furnished by the Contractorsand works performed by the Contractors were subject to inspection, quality control and the quality of workmanship, etc. were inconformity with Contract Documents and the relevance of these quality assurances in these types ofcontracts. The service life of the sub-projects at maintainable state; for past projects,the Consultant shall examine (a sample) records pertaining to construction and site inspections as well as the approval procedures(supervision consultant, NCU, etc.) Verification of quality control system of the program and field tests of thesub-projects, The Consultant shall also carry out assessment of any complaints andgrievances of stakeholders in the field. C.                 Review of thecurrent Institutional Capacity: Assess and review the operationalarrangement, institutional as well asstaffin, with specific regard to supervising and controlling capacities of PIU-MRRD and PIU-MoPW and identify gaps or deficienciesthat can be improved in the future through specific recommendations Thefinal comprehensive report would include 5 sections: Section 1 ofthe report will provide an analysis of the present technical documentation as mentioned above in use under theNRAP program, identifying good practices and potential gaps and recurring issues, Section 2 will include a summary of the findings on the standard operating procedures and the gaps/overlaps, redundancies,etc; Section 3 will give a summary of the analysis of the representative sample of as build roads with respect to compliance withtechnical standards and specifications and a reflection on their appropriateness in the field Section 4 will include an assessment of the capacity of current MRRD and MOPW project personnel in the application ofexisting technical standards together with their absorption capacity for scaling up the current program to a minimum of 2-3times, Section 5 will include recommendations for modifications to the technical standards and the standard operating procedures tobe adopted for future projects under NRAP Section 6 will include recommendations on technical functions that can be outsourced on a permanent basis  to the private sector. Note:Keeping in view of theobjectives of the assignment, the consultant based on his past experience, may propose its own reportingstructure. V. Work Schedule Consultant is expected to complete the work described above according to the followingtimetable: Activity Working Days Estimated Maximum 100 Development of the auditing methodology and work plan (Inception Report) 10 Deskreview of existing materials as enlisted above followed by reporting on findings andrecommendations 25 Interviews with program personnel regarding knowledge and application oftechnicalstandards 15 Field visitsto audit field work consistency with contracted technical specification 30 Production of Interim Report on Findings and Recommendations 5 Workshop on Interim Findings and Recommendations 4 Report review and presentation to NCU, WB 1 Final Reportprepared and presented to NCU 10 The consultant will be based in Kabul with required travel to project sites. While in Kabul the Consultantwill provide weekly updates to NCU on the progress of the assessment and preliminary findingsas requested. The consultant shouldproduce its interim report by ??., 2016. VI. Key Qualifications The Consultant shouldpossess thefollowing Capability: ·        Master or equivalent  Degree in Civil/Construction Engineering, projectmanagement or relevant field; (10 year relevant experience will be considered equivalent to masterdegree) ·        Minimum 10 years' technical working experienceincluding but not limited to: 1.       Design: including geometric, pavement, and bridgedesign. 2.      Construction: Including gravel road construction, paved road construction, bridge construction as well as other associatedstructures construction. 3.      Maintenance: including routine and periodic maintenance 4. 5.      Provenexperience in roads contract management, and quality control, 6.      conversantwith various technical standards, project operational systems and procedures, and Quality Assurance 7. ·        Excellent Report Writing  and computer skills ·        Experience in team/task leadership preferablyin fragile states, ·        Familiarity with the World Bank's procurementprinciples, VII. DURATION OF THESERVICES The consultant shall carry out and complete the services within 100 calendar days includingmobilization VIII. SERVICES AND FACILITATES TO BE PROVIDED BY THECLIENT: The client is responsible to provide: ·         Supporting letters to whom it may concern to get Afghan visa (In case of internationalconsultant) to the personnel named in the contract ·         Transport to the consultant, both picks and drops and field visits ·         Office space, desk, required stationary ·         Assisting the consultant in obtaining working permitin the country with his/her ownexpenses ·         Assisting the consultant in renting accommodation space with his/her ownexpenses ·         Any other managerial supports Besmillah Besmil National Coordinator National Rural Access Program (NRAP) The Minstry of Finance (MoF) besmillahbesmil@nrap.gov.af

Afghanistan ICT Sector Development Proje - P121755

Ministry of Communications and IT (MCIT) | Published October 13, 2015  -  Deadline November 17, 2015
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Individual Consultant-time Based Contract REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OFINTEREST (REOI) (INDIVIDUAL CONSULTANCYSERVICES) COUNTRY:                                      Afghanistan NAME OF THEPROJECT:             Afghanistan ICT Sector Development Project (ICTDP) SECTOR:                                           Information and Communications Technology(ICT) CONSULTING SERVICES:            Project Management Specialist (PMS) CONTRACTTYPE:                          Individual Consultant-Time based Contract DURATION OF ASSIGNMENT:    20 Months or till June 30, 2017whichever is earlier DUTY STATION:                              Kabul, Afghanistan CONTRACT REFERENCE NO:      MCIT/ICTDP/P121755/IDA-H-665-AF/C4.1/PMS WORLD BANK GRANT NO:        IDA-H-6650-AF PROJECT ID NO:                              P121755 IMPLEMENTINGAGENCY:          Project Implementation andCoordination Unit (PICU) of MCIT Background: TheMinistry ofCommunications and Information Technology (MCIT), Islamic Republic of Afghanistan has receivedfinancing from the World Bank towards the cost of the ICT Sector Development Project amounting to estimated cost of 50 Million USDand intendsto apply part of the proceeds to hire a qualified Consultant to work as Project Management Specialist (PMS) ofthe Afghanistan ICT Sector Development Project (ICTDP), being implemented by MCIT, Kabul, Afghanistan. The Consultant will be theProject Director of the World Bank funded Project of MCIT responsible for implementation of Afghanistan ICT Sector DevelopmentProject, funded by the World Bank. The aim of the Afghanistan ICT Sector Development Project is to expandbroadband connectivity, mainstream use of mobile applications across the Government and develop the capacity of the IT sector tofacilitate improved service delivery across Afghanistan whileaccelerating job creation and economic growth.  The project will do so by: (a) Creating theenabling environment and making strategicinvestments for the development of Afghanistan's backbone and broadband infrastructure; (b) Supporting the mainstreaming of mobileapplications across Government by supporting innovations and creation of cross cutting enablers; and (c) Developing local ITinfrastructure and capacity in the public and private sectors. Objectives of the Consultancy Assignment: The main objectives of thisassignment are to provide project management and coordination support to the MCIT staff and others involved in the management of the project, and in planning, procurement, disbursement, accounting and financialmanagement, and other project matters; The aimis to meet the objectives ofthe on-going project, implement the various components in a timely and efficient manner, and to help build project managementcapacity of the MCIT. Scope of Work (For further details, refer to Terms of Reference (TOR), as given below thisREOI): The consultant will be the Project Director ofAfghanistan ICT Sector Development Project and he will generally provide all necessary management and technical support to MCIT asmay be required by the PICU, for all components. Morespecifically the consultant will assist the PICU in the implementation andmonitoring of the project as below: Ø   Efficient overall implementation of the project andensuring smooth implementation of each activity; Ø   Ensuring effective communication and consultations withall stakeholders; and facilitating the preparation and public release of projectinformation; Ø   Undertaking the monitoring and evaluation of performanceindicators andoutcomes against the targets, as agreed with the Bank; Ø   Ensuring that all legal covenants of the project aremet; Ø   Proposing necessary steps or measures to overcome anycritical delays in project implementation; Ø   Handling planning, technical aspects, procurement andfinancial management, disbursement, and auditing issues arising from implementation of the various project activities; Ø   Monitoring and facilitating full compliance of allcomponents with the implementation, legal, procurement, financial and technical requirements of theproject; Ø    Ensuring quality and transparency inprocurement and financial management, andfacilitating smooth and speedy implementation of the program.  In addition, coordinatewith the government counterparts to ensure overall integration of plans and reports into the Government'sprogram; Ø    Assisting the PICU in ensuring that procurement arrangements are consistentwith project implementation and development objectives and, as needed, discuss options and possible solutions with thePICU; Ø    Ensure that all procurement is conducted transparently and on time (detailsare given in the TOR); Ø   Supporting PICU in financial management, preparingproject's budget andallocating funds to subcomponents; Ø   Supervising the preparation of projectaccounts; Ø   Arranging the quarterly review and annual audit ofaccounts; Ø   Training Head of PMO, PMO(Project Management Office) andPICU staff in project management, procurement and financial management; Ø   Preparing requisite periodic reports for the governmentand donors as required; Ø   Transferring knowledge to Head of PMO, PMO's Staff andto MCIT's nominated staff, so that they develop a cadre of trained staff, having the necessary experience, and appropriate skills,to enable them to be capable of managing its program. This transfer of knowledge and skills will be both through working closelywith PICU staff as day to day tasks are carried out, formal training (e.g. small classes, workshops, etc.)and regularly review ofduties of PICU staff and their implementation; Ø   Other tasks as defined by the MCIT from time totime. Qualification Requirements of the Consultant: Successful applicant will have astrong background in project management.  It is importantthat the applicant has goodknowledge of government and business operations in Afghanistan, the Government's ICT sector, administrative, procurement andaccounting policies and procedures, and knowledge of andexperience with World Bank financed project management, includingprocurement and financial management.    The consultant shouldhave: ·         AnEngineering Degree in Electronics & Communications/Telecom/IT from any well recognisedUniversity; ·         A Graduate or Masters degree in Management Sciences/Project Management/Finance/ BusinessAdministration/ Accounting; ·         Have at least 10years of experience in managing ICT projects preferably in developingcountries; ·         Have at least 3 yearsof direct experience as a Project Manager for any Telecom or ICT sectorProject financed by the World Bank or any other major Donor in Afghanistan; Good understanding and previous workexperience in all aspects of project management;Fluency inEnglish (reading, writing, speaking). Some knowledge of Dari or Pashto would also be an advantage;Proveninter-personal skills;High integrityand accountability, leadership and good team work spirit. To ensure impartiality, the consultant (including his home office, if any) must not, in any way, be affiliated with businessentities that are currently providing or are seeking to provide goods or services to the project. Request for Expressions of Interest (REOI) byMCIT: The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) now invites eligible Individual Consultants to indicate their interest in providing the services.Interested Consultants must provide information indicating that they are qualified to perform the services (CV, Brochures,Description of similar assignments, experience in similar conditions and availability of appropriate skills etc.). A Consultant will be selected in accordance with the procedures set out in the WorldBank's Guidelines:Selection and Employment of Consultants byWorld Bank Borrowers(January, 2011 edition). For further details, Interested Consultants are requested to refer to the Terms of Reference (TOR) givenbelow this REOI for this Assignment and may also obtain further information (if required) at the address given below, during officehours from 0800 to 1600 hours: Foreign Procurement Department (FPD) (Attn: Mr. Samimullah Samim) General Manager for External Procurements; Procurement Department, Ministry of Communications and IT (MCIT) Mohammad Jan Khan Watt; Kabul, Afghanistan Phone: Office: +93 20 210 37 41; Cell: +93 700 222 009; Email:fpd@mcit.gov.af Web site:www.mcit.gov.af Any queries on the position may also be addressed to the above mentioned email address (fpd@mcit.gov.af), with CC to b.hassam@mcit.gov.af; azizsafi@mcit.gov.af and nadir.soroush@mcit.gov.af; soroushmnadir@yahoo.com, latest one week before thedeadline for submission of expression of interest. Expressions of interest, including detailed Resumes mustbe delivered (by E-Mails) by 17th November, 2015, to the E-Mail IDs asgiven below: 1)      Foreign Procurement Department (FPD) (Attn: Mr. SamimullahSamim) General Manager for External Procurements Procurement Department, Ministry of Communications and IT(MCIT) Mohammad Jan Khan Watt; Kabul, Afghanistan Email: fpd@mcit.gov.af 2)      Engineer Baryalai Hassam; Deputy Minister-Technical; Ministry of Communication and IT; Islamic Republic of Afghanistan; Mohammd Jan Khan Watt, Kabul Afghanistan Email: b.hassam@mcit.gov.af 3)      Dr. Aziz-ur Rehman Safi; Director-Planning andPolicies Department of MCIT                                    Email: azizzsafi@mcit.gov.af 4)      Dr. Nadir Soroush; Logistics Officer and Acting Procurement Officer of the PMO-ICTDP-MCIT; E-Mail ID: nadir.soroush@mcit.gov.af Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT); Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Terms of Reference(TOR) Consultancy Services: Project Management Specialist ofMCIT in Afghanistan BASIC DATA: COUNTRY:                                      Afghanistan NAME OF THE PROJECT:               Afghanistan ICT Sector DevelopmentProject(ICTDP) SECTOR:                                           Information and Communications Technology(ICT) CONSULTING SERVICES:            Project Management Specialist CONTRACT TYPE:                          Consultancy by an Individual-Time based Contract DURATION OF ASSIGNMENT:    20 Months ortill June 30, 2017 whichever is earlier DUTYSTATION:                              Kabul, Afghanistan CONTRACT REFERENCENO:     MCIT/ICTDP/P121755/IDA-H-665-AF/C4.1 WORLD BANK GRANT NO:        IDA-H-665-AF PROJECTID NO:                              P121755 IMPLEMENTING AGENCY:         Project Implementation and Coordination Unit (PICU) of MCIT Background: TheMinistry ofCommunications and Information Technology (MCIT), Islamic Republic of Afghanistan has receivedfinancing from the World Bank towards the cost of the ICT Sector Development Project amounting to estimated cost of 50 Million USDand intends to apply part of the proceeds to hire a qualified Consultant to work as Project Management Specialist of theAfghanistan ICT Sector Development Project, being implemented by MCIT, Kabul, Afghanistan. The Consultant will be the ProjectDirector of the World Bank funded Project of MCIT and he will be responsible for implementation of Afghanistan ICT SectorDevelopment Project, funded by the World Bank. The aim ofthe ICT Sector Development Project is to expand broadband connectivity, mainstream use ofmobile applications across the Government and develop the capacity of the IT sector to facilitate improvedservice delivery acrossAfghanistan while accelerating job creation and economic growth.  The project willdo so by: (a) Creating the enabling environment and making strategic investments for the development of Afghanistan's backbone andbroadband infrastructure; (b) Supporting the mainstreaming of mobile applications across Government by supporting innovations andcreation of cross cutting enablers; and (c) Developing local IT infrastructure and capacity in the public and private sectors. Project Development Objectives with their Output Indicators for each ProjectComponent of the World Bank funded ICT Sector Development Project of MCIT are listed below: The PDO-level results indicators are as follows: Output Indicator(s) Baseline (2010) Proposed targets (2016) Impact of Consultancy Support Revised ICT policy adopted by the Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan 2003telecom and Internet policy; 2003 ICT policy Revised policy adopted Component 1:Expanding connectivity Expanded reach and availability of telecommunicationsservices and specifically broadband Internet services Access to internet services (number of subscribers per 100 people) 3 10 Access to telephone services (number of subscriptions per 100 people) 55 80 Length of fibre optic network built under the Project (km) 0 1000 Component 2:Mainstreamingmobile applications Use of mobile applications across Government for publicservices and program management Number of Government agencies or programs using m-apps forpublic service delivery or program management 0 10 Improved capacity of Government to use IT strategically Number of ministry CIOs and other officials trained under the Project 0 100 Component 3: ITindustry development Growth of local IT Individual Consultancy Firm/Organization/Companys and job creation in the IT based servicessector Number of people trained under the Project 0 1500 Project Implementation Arrangements: TheProject has a centralized management structure. The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) is theimplementing agency for the project. MCIT is implementing a number of sectoral projects funded by the government andotherdevelopment partners. To manage its portfolio of investment projects better, MCIT has established a Program Implementation andCoordinationUnit (PICU) that the Deputy Minister (Technical) of MCIT chairs. TheDirectors of the Planning and Policy Department and IT Department are the core members of the PICU. The Finance and ProcurementDirectorates of MCIT provide support to the PICU. This is to ensure further strengthening and sustainability of program managementcapacity that has been developed over the last few years within MCIT. Core financial management and procurement functions for theproject are handled by the respective departments within MCIT.  A Project ManagementOffice (PMO) supports MCIT in implementation of the IDA project.  This PMO is part ofthe established PICU. Brief on the TelecommunicationsSector Growth of Afghanistan : a)     In July 2003, two licensesfor GSM Services (in 900 MHz) were issued to Afghan Wireless Communications Company (AWCC) and Telecom Development CompanyAfghanistan (Roshan).  Pursuant to the Policy, they were provided a duopoly on GSMServices until the end of 2005. Based on the fact that the three year term of the two original licenses was about to come to anend, on 21 May 2005, Afghanistan Telecommunications Regulatory Authority(ATRA) officially launched an international competitivetender for two additional licenses for GSM Services (and any other services in the assigned 900 and 1800 MHz bands). As a result,two additional GSM licenses were issued in May 2006, one to MTN and another to Etisalat. b)     There are about 62 ISPsoperating in Afghanistan, providing Internet Services based on different Technologies and the Media. These are in addition to thefive GSM Operators and one CDMA Operator (Wasel Telecom)), who also provide Internet Services in the Country. c)     The formerTelecommunicationDepartment of the Ministry of Communications of Afghanistan was taken out of the Ministry of Communications and became a governmentowned Telecommunications Company which also received a Unified Services license from ATRA in 2005. It was named Afghan Telecom(AFTEL). AFTEL also inherited Fixed Line and Fiber Optic networks. In addition, AFTEL also provides Internet services through itsfixed line facilities as well as through WiMAX frequencies allocated to it by ATRA. d)    Since private entry into theTelecom market in 2003, the telecom sector in Afghanistanhas grown at a remarkable rate and now approximately 22 millionSubscribers from Afghanistan businesses, government entities and consumers have mobile telephone service and over one million usershave Internetservices.The current installation of an AFTEL Fiber Optic ring throughout Afghanistan is connecting Afghanistan withthe rest of the World at lower costs for voice and data services. Now, that the basic needs of the people in Afghanistan have beenfulfilled, MCIT and ATRA have rolled out 3G (Third Generation) Services and Broadband Wireless Services in thecountry. e)     The AfghanistanTelecommunications Regulatory Authority (ATRA) was established in 2006 for issuance of licenses, monitoring of quality of servicesprovided by the licensees and taking measures towards developing the sector by encouraging private sector investments. Activitiesof ATRA are mainly based on the Telecom policy developed and adopted by the Ministry of Communications and IT on 03 July, 2003,with the vision to develop the Telecom and Internet sector in order to provide affordable and quality services to the citizens ofAfghanistan on a nationwide basis. f)      Afghan Telecom (AFTEL) is aTelecom Operator, 100 % owned by Ministry of Communications and IT (MCIT). It is a Government owned Corporation and planned to beprivatized in due course of time. In 2006, Optical FiberCable Ring Project was funded by the Government from the Core DevelopmentBudget, to establish an OFC Ring of 3100 Kms and again in 2010, another 500 Kms OFC Route has been funded under Core DevelopmentBudgetof MCIT. AFTEL is the only Operator in Afghanistan currently permitted to own the OFC based Backbone of the Country. TheCompany is sellingInternet Bandwidth by bringing the same from neighboring Countries (Pakistan, Iran, Tajakistan and Uzbekistan)through OFC Backbone. Telecom Operators and ISPs are hiring the OFC based Internet Capacities and the Fiber Capacities from AfghanTelecom. . g)      Under theWorld Bank funded ICT Sector Development Project asapproved in May, 2011, up to 29 Million USD will be spent to connect 05 Provinces and 13 Districts to the existing OFC Ring ofMCIT/Afghan Telecom. EstimatedOFC Route that will be commissioned is 1,000 Kms , connecting a totalof 18 CommunicationNodes. Objective of the PMS ConsultancyAssignment: The mainobjectives of this assignmentare to provide project management and coordination support to the MCIT staff  andothers involved in the management of the project, andin planning, procurement, disbursement, accounting and financial management,and other project matters; The aim is to meet the objectives ofthe ongoing project, implement the various components in a timely and efficient manner, and to help build project managementcapacity of the MCIT. Scope of Work: The consultant will be the Project Director ofAfghanistan ICT Sector Development Project and he will provide all necessary management and technical support to MCIT as may berequired by the PICU, for all components. More specifically the consultant will assist the PICU in the implementation andmonitoring of the project as below: Ø Efficient overall implementation of the project andensuring smooth implementation of each activity; Ø Ensuring effective communication and consultations withall stakeholders; and facilitating the preparation and public release of projectinformation; Ø Undertaking the monitoring and evaluation of performanceindicators and outcomes against the targets, as agreed with the Bank; Ø   Ensuring that all legal covenants of the project aremet; Ø   Proposing necessary steps or measures to overcome anycritical delays in project implementation; Ø   Handling planning, technical aspects, procurement andfinancial management, disbursement, and auditing issues arising from implementation of the various project activities; Ø   Monitoring and facilitating full compliance of allcomponents with the implementation, legal, procurement, financial and technical requirements of theproject; Ø    Ensuring quality and transparency inprocurement and financial management, andfacilitating smooth and speedy implementation of the program.  In addition, coordinatewith the government counterparts to ensure overall integration of plans and reports into the Government'sprogram; Ø    Assisting the PICU in ensuring that procurement arrangements are consistentwith project implementation and development objectives and, as needed, discuss options and possible solutions with thePICU; Ø    Ensure that all procurement is conducted transparently and ontime: ·        Preparing the procurement documents required to obtainclearance from the World Bank for awarding of contracts and follow-up actions; ·        Preparing the contracts with selectedsuppliers/contractors/consultants, including follow up for delivery of goods/services according toschedule; ·        Maintaining records of goods received, their quality andquantity, compliance with contract specifications and account for actual deliveries; ·        Handling warrantyand insuranceclaims; ·        Maintaining a proper filing system for all relevantprocurement documents in the Project and prepare needed reports and documents for the World Bank reviewmissions; ·        Ensuring the maintenance of project and contractadministration records; ·        Reviewing consultantoutputs; ·        Processing and verifying payment requests againstprocurement contracts, monitoring financial commitments and unspent balances against contracts; ·        Ensuring that theWorld Bank's regulations andAfghanistan's legislations on using funds for the procurement of goods and consultant selection procedures areapplied forprojects; ·        Coordinating withthe PICU on all procurement activitiesto ensure timely implementation of agreed implementation plan; Ø   Supporting PICU in financial management, preparingproject's budget andallocating funds to subcomponents; Ø   Supervising the preparation of projectaccounts; Ø   Arranging the quarterly review and annual audit ofaccounts; Ø   Training Head of PMO, PMO Staff and PICU staff inproject management, procurement and financial management; Ø   Preparing requisite periodic reports for the governmentand donors as required; Ø   Transferring knowledge to Head of PMO, Staff of the PMOand to MCIT's nominated staff, so that they develop a cadre of trained staff, having the necessary experience, and appropriateskills, to enable them to becapable of managing its program. This transfer of knowledge and skills will be both through workingclosely with PICU staff as day to day tasks are carried out, formal training (e.g. small classes, workshops, etc.) and regularlyreview of duties of PICU staff and their implementation; Ø   Other tasks as defined by the MCIT from time totime. Deliverables,Time Schedules and Reporting Requirements: The Consultant will directly reportto the Chairman of PICU, as established for the Project. The Consultant will be based at Kabul, Afghanistan. However, theConsultant should be willing to visit the Provinces of Afghanistan as per the requirements of the Project. This assignment isexpected to cover a 20-months period and is scheduled to commence on 01st November, 2015. The consultant is expected to assistMCIT and its PICU with reports, memoranda, and correspondence as may be required from time to time. The Consultant shall prepare amonthly progress report, which shall provide at least the following information: Brief description the status of the project; Detailed description of the activities performed by the Consultant from the beginning of the contractuntil theend of the previous reporting period (month when the previous report was issued); Detailed description of resultsachieved by the Consultant in the current reporting period (month forwhich thereport was issued); A brief description and the assessment of the current state of project implementation (as of the end of thereporting period) and of each component/contract within subprojects; Issues encountered by the consultant in the implementation of itscontract; Issues encountered in the implementation of the components/contracts; Brief description of activitiesto be performed by the consultant in the next reporting period as well as theresources estimated to use for performing such activities; Brief description of the activities to be performed under subproject contracts/ components in the nextreporting period as well as the expected results; Assessment of the contract and subproject potential risks and recommendations for mitigating theserisks. The consultant is expected to alsosubmit: Quarterly Project Management reports; These reports will also include: (i) an updated procurement plan; (ii)Financial statements in accordance with consistently applied accounting standards acceptable to the Association, adequate toreflect the operations, resources and expenditures related to the Project; Annual Project Implementation Plan; Implementation Completion Report. The project language is English.However, the Consultant shall make provision that all the documents requested by the Client, including the monthly reports will betranslated into Dari / Pashto. QualificationRequirements: Successful applicant will have astrong background in project management.  It is importantthat the applicant has goodknowledge of government and business operations in Afghanistan, the Government's ICT sector, administrative, procurement andaccounting policies and procedures, and knowledge of andexperience with World Bank financed project management, includingprocurement and financial management.    The consultant shouldhave: ·         AnEngineering Degree in Electronics & Communications/Telecom/IT from any well recognisedUniversity; ·         A Graduate or Masters degree in Management Sciences/Project Management/Finance/ BusinessAdministration/ Accounting; ·         Have at least 10years of experience in managing ICT projects preferably in developingcountries; ·         Have at least 3 yearsof direct experience as a Project Manager for any Telecom or ICT sector  Project financed by the World Bank or any other major Donor in Afghanistan; Good understanding and previous workexperience in all aspects of project management;Fluency inEnglish (reading, writing, speaking). Some knowledge of Dari or Pashto would also be an advantage;Proveninter-personal skills;High integrityand accountability, leadership and good team work spirit. To ensure impartiality, the consultant (including his home office, if any) must not, in any way, be affiliated with businessentities that are currently providing or are seeking to provide goods or services to the project. An Individual Consultant will be selected in accordance with the procedures set out in the World Bank'sGuidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants by World BankBorrowers (current edition). Timelines and payment schedules: The selected Consultant willbe paid on monthly basis, after the monthly Reports have been submitted to the Chairman of the PICU-MCIT. All the agreed uponMilestones of the Project Management Specialist will be considered complete only upon the acceptance and formal approval of theChairman-PICU. All payments will be paid within 30 days fromthe date of submission of approved and signed Invoice, MonthlyActivity/Time Sheet and the Monthly Report, both in English and Pashtu/Dari languages. Facilities to be given by MCIT: a)      The following services and facilities will be provided by the MCIT, withoutanycost to the Consultant: i) Data:   The MCIT will provide the Consultant with access to all available data, information,maps, drawings and internal documents relevant to the consulting services. All reference material will be loaned to the Consultantand shall be returned at the completion of the assignment or earlier, as may be requested; ii) Access.    The MCIT will arrange for accessby the Consultant to key officials in the government agencies, local authorities and departments concerned with subjects related tothe project; iii) Training facilities: The MCIT will provideto the consultant all the facilities needed to perform the training activities. b)      Logistical support:  The MCIT will provide the consultant with: ·        suitable office space, including office space for all other Consultants, ashired for the PMO and the Project; ·         Telephone in office and atresidence, including telephones for other offices of PMO and the Project, with enough credit foruse. ·        Internet access in office and at residence, with enough credit foruse; ·        Office furniture and equipment for all the ProjectStaff; ·         Clerical staff andtranslators; ·        Dedicated Car  for ProjectManagement Specialist; ·        Dedicated transport for PMO, as required for execution of the ProjectTasks; ·        Entry Visa, Employment Card, ID Card and Visa renewal facilities; ·        Limited Security cover, asand whenrequired; ·        All other Administrative support as required for execution of theProject.

AF: ARTF-Public Fin. Mgmt. Reform II - P120427

National Procurement Authority | Published September 4, 2016  -  Deadline September 25, 2016
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Public Financial Management Reform Project-ii (pfmr-ii(consulting Services ? Firms Selection REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST(REOI) Public Financial Management Reform Project-II (PFMR-II) (Consulting Services ? Firms Selection) Government of IslamicRepublic of Afghanistan Project Name: Public Financial Management Reform Project-II(PFMR-II) ProjectID: P120427 Grant No: TF10024 AssignmentTitle: Consultancy Services for Study ofAfghanistan Financial Management Information System (AFMIS) Development and Implementation NPA Ref. No.: NPA/MoF/95/CS-1289/QBS 1.       Ministry of Finance has beenreceived financing from the World Bank toward the cost of Public Financial Management Reform Project-II (PFMR-II) and intendsto apply part of the proceeds for consultingservices: for Consultancy Services for study of Afghanistan Financial Management InformationSystem (AFMIS) Development and futureImplementation 2.       Background 2.1. The Ministryof Finance, Islamic Republic ofAfghanistan (IRA) through the Treasury department has been successfully managing the Afghanistan Financial Management System(AFMIS) since 2002, using Freebalance ver 6.5 as theunderlying software. The country wide rollout of AFMIS was completed in 2009,thereby ensuring system based payment and budget controls on all transactions of public funds in Afghanistan. The treasury hassince consolidated its gains by augmenting control environment, modifying payments, and accounting, reconciliation and reportingprocedures. Some of the important achievements arising from theimplementation of a nationwide AFMIS in the past few years include: ·       Providing a successful fiduciaryframework for management of governmentfunds, including performing the role of custodian for donorfunds. ·       Preparation and submission ofannual financial statements for audit within three months from end of each fiscal year ·       Implementation of additionalmodules and multi-currency capability ·       Maintain accountability for thegovernment's revenue, budget and expenditures, including those pertaining to donor funds. ·       AFMIS has been successfullydeployed in all line ministries in Kabul, allowing the capability to record transactions and retrieve of financial reports by eachuser. 2.2.      With the support of the World Bank and multiple other donors, IRA seeks todevelop a vision for a comprehensive Afghanistan Financial Management Information System (AFMIS) within a broad framework offinancialmanagement and implement selected components on a priority basis. The treasury has now embarked on the next level ofreforms, which primarily revolve around improved system functionalities, strengthening of IT environment and capacity building andcapacity enhancement efforts in provinces anddistricts. As part of these strategic initiatives, the treasuryplansinclude: ·       Improved accessibility,scalability and greater reach ·       Improved Integration /interfacing with other systems in use within thegovernment ·       Enhanced SystemSecurity ·       Improved budgetmanagement ·       Availability of additionalmodules and ease of use ·       Reducing dependence on satellitebased communications for connecting toprovincial offices and adopt more feasible and economic communications technology/platform ·       Expanded systemfunctionality ·       Providing services to Treasuryclients through web applications with appropriate security level, ·       Reducing technical problems,which are caused by different workstation and operating system's configuration problems, The government istesting the Core Financials Module ofver7 for its applicability to replace Freebalance ver 6.5, which lies at the heart of AFMIS. 2.3       The current environment for the central operations of thefinancial system of government is under the administration of the Ministry of Finance (MOF), as the primary owner of the system.The MOF is currently using sub systems for Budget development, Payroll generation and management, Debt Management, Revenue andcustoms etc. It is envisaged that systems pertaining to Budget Preparation, Debt Management, Cash Management, Treasury, Accountingand Reporting, Payroll and Human resources management, Revenue and Customs Administration must have the capability to interface,while accommodating evolving reforms in business processes. 2.4       The government now intends to use the services of a consultingfirm to undertake a Systems Study covering all aspects related to the implementation of additional modules of Freebalance ver7 inAfghanistan and other related possible enhancements in system functionality and suggest the phases for implementing them. The study would also identify and elaborate onpossible areas that would require to be developed through system improvements, for meeting the future needs ofthe PFM systems inAfghanistan. The study will take into account lessons learnt fromthe implementation of the current FMIS, its expansion across the country and the capacity requirements and availability. The studyshould include recommendations on how to manage the risks of any changes proposed. Although all of the aforementionedfunctionalities are needed; a phased and manageable approach to implementation is warranted to ensure that key concepts areinternalized before more advanced ones are introduced. The study will suggest possible measures for replacingthese systems with additional modules or allowing interface mechanisms within the core functional capabilities of the PFMsystem. 3.      Objectives 3.1 The Objective of the assignment is to undertake a study, under these Terms of Reference (TOR),to: ·        Define and describe the overall functional and technical requirements for an integrated financial managementsystem to support business processes within the MoF, aimed at good budgetary outcomes. This includes an assessment of therequirements of other departments fromAFMIS i.e. within the Ministry of Finance and the National Procurement Authority(NPA), ·        Identify and map the applicability of various modules of Freebalance Ver7 and other systems modules in use inAfghanistan in terms of the functional requirements identified above; ·        Identify gaps between the Government PFM functional requirements for an integrated AFMIS and the FB suite ofapplications and other systems currently in use. ·        Propose a migration strategy and an implementation plan based on the use of the FB suite of applications andother systems modules required. ·        Identify system administration, communication needs, ease of use, training requirements, improvements tofunctionalities, implementation timeline, change management, technology requirements for a migration to the FB7suite ofapplications and other systems as identifiedabove. ·        Suggest a time line and expected activities for the plan with consideration to relevance, changes in businessprocess, user needs, system administration, communication needs, ease of use, training requirements, improvements tofunctionalities, implementation timeline, change management, technology requirements, 3.2 The Ministry of Financewishes to maximize the use ofexisting technical and functional capabilities, including the AFMIS, to the extent possible and until such time as they can bemerged with any new system.  The risks of transition to a newsystem, if applicable, should be effectively explored with no lossof information recording and reportingcapability. 4.       Scope ofWork As part of the assignment, the consultant will be required to: i.            Understand keybusiness processes associated with AFMIS, necessary for maintaining control over public funds, including budget execution, revenuecollection, accounting and the applicable legal framework. These include functional processes related to:  Macro Economic Forecasting; Budget Preparation; Budget Execution, Accounting and FiscalReporting; Cash Management; Position, Payroll andBenefits management; Pensions Management for Govt. Retirees; Debt Management;Revenue Administration (Customs and Tax); Auditing. Each of the functional processes requires specialized systems to support them. ii.            Develop theoverall information architecture for GFM based on these functional processes; the overall regulatory framework that underpins theseprocesses; their information requirements; the functional responsibilities of agencies carrying out the processes; the datacharacteristics of the information used and createdby the processes; the Information flows between the agencies; the nature,volume, and frequency of these flows. iii.            Identify thedifferent information systems modulesthat are required to support GFM functional processes; What is the function, scope, scale, andtype of a particular systems component; Whatare the primary interfaces of the modules with each other, i.e., how do these modulesexchange and share information; What are the characteristics of the primary information flows. iv.            Identify gapsbetween the Government PFM functionalrequirements for an integrated AFMIS and the FB suite of applicationsand other systemscurrently in use. v.            Propose aninformation systems architecture with details of specific systems modules required that would fill thegaps. vi.            Propose amigration strategy based on the use of the FB suite of applications and other systems modulesrequired. vii.           Identify user needs, system administration, communication needs, ease of use, trainingrequirements, improvements to functionalities, implementation timeline, change management, technology requirements for a migrationto the FB7suite of applications and other systems as identified above. viii.           Assess applicability of implementing modules of Freebalance Ver7 and other proposedmodules in Afghanistan, with consideration to factorslike communication needs, ease of use, training requirements, improvements tofunctionalities, relevance of modules, business process requirements, implementation timeline, change management, technologyrequirements etc. To assist on its assessment, the consultant may use the experience of implementing Freebalance ver7 in anothercountry. The Ministry of Finance will facilitate a visit to such a location, to the extent necessary and possible. ix.            Identify amethodology for providing data user interface between sub systems and AFMIS x.            Identify amethodology for replacing the subsystems without compromising on the functionality and availability of required information andmoving towards a fully integrated system. xi.            Identify futurefunctional requirements of AFMIS, aligned with the planned direction of national banking infrastructure development. xii.           Suggest a detailed implementation plan of Freebalance ver7 modules, including trainingschedules and IT infrastructure development xiii.           Provide additional requirements/functionalities of software, hardware, communicationsnetworks, implementation, training, support, maintenance, expected development requirements, change management etc., necessary forsupporting AFMIS strategic plan and the associated costs. It will benecessary for the consultant towork closely with counterparts in the Government and with TA advisors. For details of the services, the ToR is available at www.npa.gov.af 5.       National Procurement Authority on behalf ofMinistry of Finance, GoIRA, now invites eligible consulting firms ("Consultants") to indicate their interestin providing theaforesaid Services. Interested Consultants should provide information demonstrating that they have the required qualifications andrelevant experience to perform the Services. The short listing criteria are: i.         The consultant shall demonstratehaving sound financial situation and capacity by submitting financial audit report with annual turnover of at least US$600,000 for the last 3 years (2013, 2014 & 2015); ii.      The consultant should have been in similarbusiness since at least last (5) years. The consultantshall also provide proven experiences of having executed at least two contracts of similar nature, each with the value of minimumUS$ 300,000. iii.     Organizational Structure iv.    Manpower withqualifications, technicaland professional competence necessary for successful implementation of the assignment v.      Eligibility requirementsin compliance with paragraphs 1.11, 1.12 & 1.13 of the World Bank's Guidelines for Selection & Employment of Consultants,January 2011 ? Revised July 2014. The consultants should also provide a copy of thecertification of incorporation/ businesslicense. 6.        The attention of interested Consultants isdrawn to paragraph 1.9 of the World Bank's   Guidelines:           Selection and Employment of Consultants [under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits & Grants] by World Bank Borrowers ? January2011Revised July 2014 ("Consultant Guidelines"), setting forth the World Bank'spolicy on conflict of interest.  In addition, please refer to thefollowing information on conflict of interest related to this assignment as per paragraph 1.9 of Consultant Guidelines: Bank policyrequires that consultants provideprofessional, objective and impartial advice and at all times hold the client's interestparamount, without any consideration for future work, and that in providing advice they avoid conflicts with other assignments andtheir own corporate interests. Consultants shall not be hired for any assignment that would be in conflict with their prior orcurrent obligations to other clients, or that may place them in a position of being unable to carry out the assignment in the bestinterest ofthe Borrower. The Guidelines are available at  www.worldbank.org. 7.      Consultants may associate with other firms in the form of a joint venture or a sub-consultancy to enhance their qualifications. If consultants intend toassociate with other firms, they are advised to clearly identify the lead partner and state the composition and nature of theassociation (JV/ sub-consultant) in their EOI. In case the EOI is submitted in form ofJV, each partner inthe association shall meet the requirements defined in Para.5 above, under the short listing criteria. However, the short listingcriteria will not be applied and considered for sub-consultant. A consultantwill be selected though Quality Based Selection (QBS) in accordance  with the procedures set out in the World Bank's Guidelines: Selection and Employment ofConsultants by World Bank  Borrowers dated January 2011, RevisedJuly2014. 8.       Interested consultantsmay obtain further information at the address givenbelow between 09:00 to 16:00 hours. 9.       Expressions of interest, must be delivered in awritten form to the address given  below (in person, byemail or bymail) by September 25, 2016, 15:00 Hrs. (Kabul Local Time) duly quoting the case's referencenumber i.e. NPA/MoF/95/CS-1289/QBS Attention: Aziz AhmadObaidi National ProcurementAuthority Administrative Office of thePresident Pashtunestan Wat, Kabul, Afghanistan Email: aziz.obaidi@aop.gov.af copied to wais.rahimi@aop.gov.af, n.wahidi@aop.gov.afand          tshahimy@hotmail.com Web site: www.npa.gov.af
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