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The Water Development Commission Invites Eligible Consulting Firms (“Consultants”) To Selection and Employment of Independent Procurement Auditor (IPA) for Procurement Audit Service of the Ethiopia Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene Project


  • COUNTRY: Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia 
  • NAME OF PROJECT: Ethiopia Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene Project (P133591) Credit No.: IDA-53860 
  • Assignment Title: Selection and Employment of Independent Procurement Auditor (IPA) for Procurement Audit Service of the Ethiopia Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene Project (One WaSH National Program (OWNP-CWA) phase one for the period covering from 2018/2019-2019/2020 (one year).
  • Reference No.: ET-MWIE-143881-CS-QCBS 

The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia (FDRE) has received financing from the World Bank toward the cost of implementation of Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene Project and intends to apply part of the proceeds for consulting service. The consulting service will cover review of planning, procurement and implementation process for sample of contracts including review of capacity of implementing agencies and the intended duration of the assignment is for Two (2) months. 

Objectives of the assignment

The objective of the procurement audit is to enable the Consultant to express a professional opinion(s) on the procurement positions, processes and procedures related to World Bank’s procurement procedures and procedures of the project for the procurement transactions carried out for the period of 2018/2019-2019/2020 FY. To achieve this objective, the Consultant carries out at least the following main tasks. 

  1.  Review the planning, procurement, contracting, implementation processes and record keeping for a sample of contracts under the Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene Project(One WaSH National Program (OWNP-CWA)) to confirm their consistency with the Project Appraisal Document (PAD), Program Operation Manual (POM), Financing Agreement (FA), World Bank’s Procurement and Consultant Guidelines and Procurement Plan approved by the World Bank; 
  2. Seek a professional opinion on compliance by the procurement processes with the general principle of economy, efficiency, equal opportunities, transparency and verify technical compliance, physical completion and price competitiveness of each contract in the selected representative sample of contracts; 
  3. Review the capacity of implementing agencies (Federal, Regions and Woredas) in handling procurement efficiently, comment on the quality of planning, procurement, contracting,procurement internal control, record keeping and identify reasons for delays, if any and overall, how procurement management facilitates project implementation; 
  4. Identify any indicators of questionable standards of ethics in the procurement management and oversight environment that make the processes vulnerable to fraud and corruption or collusive and obstructive practices, and report any suspicious cases; and
  5. To recommend actions needed to improve project procurement performance in light of deficiencies. 

Scope of the Procurement Audit 

  1. The Independent Procurement Audit (IPA) will cover the procurement transactions carried out in a year from 2018/2019-2019/2020G.0 or (between July, 2010 & June 30, 2012 Ethiopia Fiscal Years) under the Consolidated WASH project for which time extension was granted. 
  2. The procurement audit for the federal level will cover the four Agencies that handle OWNPCWA implementation: Water Development Commission, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health and Ministry of Finance. The procurement audit for Regional level will cover the Water, Education, Health and Finance & Economic Cooperation Bureaus of Amhara, Oromia, South Nations & Nationalities and Peoples (SNNP), Tigray, Gambella, Afar, Harari, Benishangul Gumuz, and Somali Regions and Dire Dawa City Administration. The independent procurement audit at woreda levels shall cover 114 (one hundred-fourteen) Woredas on sample basis. 
  3. The sample woredas will be selected by the consulting firm in consultation with each relevant region in order to ensure a broad representation of woredas in the sample. The Water Development Commission now invites eligible consulting firms (“Consultants”) to indicate their interest in providing the services. Interested Consultants should provide information demonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevant experiences to perform the Services. 

The short listing criteria are:-Core business and years in business, qualification and relevant experience in the field of assignment, organizational and managerial capabilities of the firm, and general qualification and number of key staff, but not individual experts’ bio data. The attention of interested Consultants is drawn to paragraph 1.9 of the World Bank’s Guidelines: Selection and Ernoloyrnent of Consultants [under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits & Grants] by World Bank Borrowers January 2011, revised July 2014 (“Consultant Guidelines”), setting forth the World Bank’s policy on conflict of interest. Ir. addition, please refer to the following specific information on conflict of interest related to this assignment/.9 a-c of Consultant Guidelines. Consultants may associate with other firms in the form of a joint venture or a sub consultancy to enhance their qualifications. 

A Consultant will be selected in accordance with the Quality and Cost Based Selection (QCBS) method set out in the Consultant Guidelines. 

Further information can be obtained at the address below during office hours 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM in the morning and from 2:00PM to 5:00PM in the afternoon. 

Expressions of interest must be delivered in a written form to the address below in person, or by mail, or by fax, or by e-mail (PDF Format) by June 30, 2020 on or before 4:00PM. Water Development Commission Engineering, Procurement and Contract Administration Directorate Attn: Mr. Nuredin Mohammed, Engineering, Procurement and Contract Management Directorate Director. 

Postal address: 13/1076 Street address: Haile Gebresilasie Avenue Floor Number 01, Room number 114 Postal code: +251, City: Addis Ababa, Country: Ethiopia 

Telephone: +251116637018, Facsimile number: +251116616238