Call for tender: Solomon Islands EITI seeks an Independent Administrator / Reconciler

Solomon Islands EITI is seeking consulting services from an Independent Administrator / Reconciler.

Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI) Implementation Solomon Islands

Project P 118757 Funded by the World Bank Administered EITI Trust Fund TF015549

Independent Administrator / Reconciler

Location Honiara Solomon Islands

Notice Posted: 10 March 2014

Deadline for expression of interest: Express interest by 21 March 2014.

The Solomon Islands is an EITI Candidate Country and about produce its first annual EITI Report. The EITI is a global coalition of governments, companies, and civil society working together to improve openness and accountability in the management of revenues from natural resources. Countries implementing the EITI Standard ensure full disclosure of taxes and other payments made by oil, gas, and mining companies to governments. These payments are disclosed in an annual EITI report. The report allows citizens to see for themselves how much revenue their government is receiving from their country's natural resources.

Transparency can only lead to accountability if there is understanding of what the figures mean and public debate about how the country's resource wealth should be managed. Therefore, the EITI Standard requires that EITI Reports are comprehensible, actively promoted and contribute to public debate.

The Government of the Solomon Islands (SIG) and the Solomon Islands EITI Multi-stakeholder Group (SIEITI) is seeking consulting services that include reconciling reported revenue transfers between government and extractive companies, and producing a written report based on the requirements of the EITI Standard. The report will be made available to the public. The period of the assignment will be for approximately 3 (three) months though remuneration will be staged and based on deliverables rather than a contract of fixed duration. The deadline for the completion of this assignment is 23 June 2014 and the key duties and responsibilities are outlined below.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Prepare inception and reconciliation reports, and publish a final report which reconciles revenues paid by Extractive Industries and received by Government
  • Obtain data from representatives of Extractive Industries, Government and Civil Society on revenues paid or received (where applicable) and obtain any consents required to disclose data
  • Audit and reconcile data received against relevant requirements and processes, providing commentary on the accuracy, completeness and credibility of the data
  • Investigate any discrepancies or gaps in data and provide recommendations on how to improve future reporting
  • Deliver reports and presentations to the SIEINSG to outline findings and undertake consultation with representatives from Extractive Industries, Government and Civil Society.

SIG and the SIEITI invite eligible consulting firms to indicate their interest in providing the Services within two weeks of the posting of this notice. Interested firms must provide information demonstrating that they have the required qualifications and experience in providing this Service (brochures, descriptions of similar assignments, experience with extractive industry production units - specifying which units and what precisely is the firm’s relationship with each unit, and the availability of appropriate skills amongst permanent staff of the firm including oil, gas and mining accountants). Firms may associate to enhance their qualifications. In cases of associations, firms should clearly state in their expression of interest whether the association will be in form of joint venture or sub-consultancy arrangement. Sub-consultants’ qualifications will not be taken into account in the expression of interest evaluation.

A firm will be selected in accordance with procedures set out in the World Bank’s Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants by World Bank Borrowers of May 2004, as revised in October 2006 and May 2010, and will be based on the Consultants Qualifications Selection (CQS) method. Under this method of selection the most qualified firm will be selected on the basis of its qualifications for the assignment as assessed from the expressions of interest, and then later only that selected organizations will be invited to submit a technical and financial proposal.

Expressions of Interest should be submitted to: Mr. Mckinnie P. Dentana, SIEITI National Coordinator, Under Secretary-Economics, Ministry of Finance and Treasury. P O Box 26, Honiara, Solomon Islands. Mr. Mckinnie can be reached by e-mail: mdentana@mof.gov.sb. The Terms of Reference for the assignment can be found here or by email request to Mr. Mckinnie.