Request for Expression of Interest - Firms (Closing date: 22 February, 2024)

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INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE OF TROPICAL AGRICULTURE (IITA)

TECHNOLOGIES FOR AFRICAN AGRICULTURAL TRANSFORMATION (TAAT) PHASE II AND TRANSITION SUPPORT FACILITY (TSF) PROJECT

TAAT PROGRAM MANAGEMENT UNIT (PMU)

REQUEST FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST - FIRMS

SECTOR: Agriculture

CONSULTANCY SERVICES:  EXTERNAL AUDIT OF TECHNOLOGIES FOR AFRICAN AGRICULTURAL TRANSFORMATION (TAAT) II PROGRAM AND TRANSITION SUPPORT FACILITY (TSF) PROJECT

TAAT II:

Financing Agreement reference: 2100155041681

Project ID. P-Z1-AA0-139 

TSF PROJECT:

Financing Agreement reference: 5900155017251

Project ID. P-Z1-AZ0-016 

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This request for expression of interest (REOI) follows the General Procurement Notice for this Project that appeared on the African Development Bank Group’s Internet Website(www.afdb.org) 12th August 2022.

International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) is implementing the Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) Program phase II, financed through a grant from the African Development Bank. IITA intends to apply part of the proceeds of the grant to facilitate payment for TAAT Program and TSF Project External Audit Services. The External Auditor will be based at the TAAT PROGRAM MANAGEMENT UNIT (PMU) Ibadan, Nigeria for the assignment, with substantial travel to several countries within sub-Saharan Africa.

The Consultant is expected to carry out the audit in accordance with the Audit Standards specified in section 3.2 of the Terms of Reference (see link;  ToRs TAAT_TSF External Auditor 2024.doc ). It will include such tests and controls as the auditors consider necessary under the circumstances. The services will include financial and procurement audit and provide audit opinion on the financial statements of the program covering Executing Agency program operations; (ii) the consolidated financial report; (iii) the separate audited financial statements from each of the other implementing agencies and (iv) a copy of the Management letter in respect of each set of financial statement submitted for

(a)   For TSF Project 6 July 2022 to December 2023 and

(b)   for TAAT II Program the period 15th August 2022 to December 2023 and

The audit to be undertaken within six (6) weeks from contract effectiveness will cover the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), the executing agency and Clearing House, and other Implementation Centers as listed in the table below. The detailed activities to be performed by the consultant are outlined in the Terms of Reference (ToR).

 

IMPLEMENTING CENTRES / COUNTRY/LOCATION

1. International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) - TAAT PMU Nigeria/Ibadan

2. International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) - TAAT Clearinghouse - Benin/Cotonou

3. Africa Rice - Côte d’Ivoire/ Bouaké

4. International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) - Egypt/Cairo

5. International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) - Ethiopia/Addis Ababa

6. African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) - Kenya/Nairobi

7. International Potato Center (CIP) - Kenya/Nairobi

8. International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) - Mali/Bamako

9. International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) - Kenya/Nairobi

10. WorldFish - Nigeria/Ibadan

11. The Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) - Ghana/Accra

12. World Vegetable - Benin/Cotonou

IITA now invites eligible consulting firms to submit their Expressions of Interest (EOI), including their detailed Company information. Such information must indicate the consultants’ qualifications to perform the services and may include brochures, description of assignments of similar nature in the last ten (10) years, experience in similar conditions and environment, availability of appropriate managerial and technical skills among staff for the assignment, etc. Consultants may associate to enhance their qualifications.

Eligibility criteria, establishment of the short-list and the selection procedure shall be in accordance with the African Development Bank’s Procurement Policy for Bank  Group Funded Operations, October 2015, which is available on the Bank’s website at https://www.afdb.org/en/projects-and-operations/procurement/new-procurement-policy

Interested consultants may obtain further information at the address below during office hours from 08:00-16:30

 

Expressions of interest should be delivered to the address below or by email on or before Thursday 22nd February 2024 at 16:30 pm. Any proposal received after the closing date shall be rejected.

  

Attn: Chrysantus Akem; PhD

TAAT Program Coordinator | Program Management Unit

International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, www.iita.org

Headquarters & West Africa Hub

PMB 5320, Oyo Road, Ibadan 200001, Oyo State, Nigeria

International Mailing Address: IITA, Carolyn House, 26 Dingwall Road, Croydon, CR9 3EE, UK

Tel: +234 2 7517472   | USA Tel: +1 201 6336094 | Fax: +44 208 7113785 | Mobile No: +234 8169020531

Email: C.Akem@cgiar.org

Copy: m.a.bakare@cgiar.org

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