13 December, 2018

Request for Proposal for the Audit of Direct Funding Agreement (DFA)

Vanuatu National Audit Office
Port Vila

Due Date
27 Dec 2018


Organisation Description
For the Period Ended 30 June 2018.

The Office of the Auditor-General invites Qualified Chartered Accountants firms to submit proposals for the audit of Direct Funding Agreements between the Government of Australia through the Department of Foreign affairs and Trade (DFAT) with the following Vanuatu Government Ministries:
1. Ministry of Finance and Economic Management (MFEM)
2. Ministry of the Prime Minister (PMO)
3. Ministry of Trade, Tourism, Commerce, Industry and Ni-Vanuatu Business (CTTCNVB)
4. Department of Energy 

The Governance for Growth (GfG) program was established in September 2007 to assist the Government of Vanuatu (GOV) improve its public financial and expenditure management and to support the GOV’s efforts to remove constraints to economic growth. It is a partnership between the Governments of Vanuatu and Australia with oversight from a management committee comprised of senior Vanuatu Government officials, the GFG Counsellor and a DFAT Development Counsellor.

Phase 3 of the GfG program commenced in 2017 and will run until June 2021. Throughout this period, GfG has provided assistance to sectors of infrastructure (telecommunications; energy), economic governance (PMO, Trade) and public financial management (budget development and management, revenue, procurement, external audit, macroeconomic policies), tourism and rural development.
GfG’s principal mode of assistance is the provision of grant funds to a number of government ministries.

DFAT has consulted the Office of the Auditor-General (OAG) who have the constitutional mandate to undertake audits of all public funds of which grants provided by DFAT also fall under. 

Audited Period
The audited period for the 6 project varies within the Ministries depending on the dates the grants were received. The periods under audit are as follows;
1. MFEM (X2 Projects)  – Audit Period covers 5 years Ended 30 June 2018
2. Prime Minister’s Office  (x2 Projects) – Audit Period is from July 2016 to June 2018
3. Department of Energy (x1 Project)  - Audit Period is from July 2016 to June 2018
4. Ministry of Trade, Tourism, Commerce and Ni-Vanuatu Business  (x1 Project)  - Audit Period is from July 2016 to June 2018

Job Description

The objective of this assignment is to provide an opinion on:
(a) the accuracy, validity and completeness of the acquittal reports provided to  GfG under the relevant grant agreements;
(b) the effectiveness over the general management of the funds; and
(c) whether the systems and processes used for procuring services and goods comply with relevant Vanuatu legislation.

In addition to that audit opinion, the auditor will recommend improvements/actions that  would need to be implemented based on the audit opinion to provide assurance to GoV and DFAT that grant funding is a suitable option for continued and future funding support.
Selection Criteria

The assignment will be sub-contracted through the Office of the Auditor-General by an individual from a company or consultant. The auditor should have the following:

• The firm or individual should demonstrate a good track record of undertaking audits in public sector;
• Comply with all appropriate independence and professional procedures as specified under International Auditing Standards;
• Has experience of Government of Vanuatu’s financial management system (Smart Stream) and procurement system;
• Have current professional indemnity insurance;
• Able to write reports clearly and concisely; and
• Meet the required timelines
All interested professional services firms willing to undertake this assignment must furnish a quote outlining:
• how they intend to address the TOR
• Experience
• Qualifications of the team
• Demonstrated ability to undertake the investigation through similar assignments (examples of similar work encouraged)
• Number of audit hours and charge out rates
• Total cost for audit assignment


How to Apply
Apply by:
In person

Contact Person
Mr Caleb Sandy, Auditor General, Vanuatu National Audit Office

Contact Phone Number
() 23232

E-mail to send applications to

Postal Address or location to apply in person
Mr Caleb Sandy
Office of the Auditor-General

and copy mtamara@vanuatu.gov.vu or hand delivered to our Office on Rue Carnot, upstairs from the VAT Office.

Website to Obtain Further Information
Not Stated

How to apply - more information
The Terms of Reference can be obtained by contacting the Auditor-General at the above address.

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