Expression of Interest for Fraud Investigation Services 42 views

Expression of Interest for Fraud Investigation Services

Background

CRS’s Whistleblower (Anti-Corruption) and the Code of Conduct & Ethics Policies outline the agency’s standards for personal integrity, conduct, ethics, accountability and acceptable behavior for all CRS staff, affiliates and members of the Board. These policies provide a mechanism for staff to report allegations of suspected fraud, waste, and abuse.

The Fraud Allegation Management (FAM) Procedure complements the Agency’s Whistleblower (AntiCorruption) and the Code of Conduct & Ethics Policies and provides guidance on how the agency will manage fraud allegations and suspicions through a process that meets the CRS and donor regulatory requirements and is aligned to the CRS’s operating environment.

Scope of Work (SOW)

CRS wishes to establish a prequalified pool of consultants for the provision of fraud investigation services
as follows:

i) Objectives
The consultant will specifically deliver his/her work either individually or within a multidisciplinary team. Under the direction of the Director Ethics Unit or his delegate, the Consultant shall conduct fraud investigations and reviews into allegations of misconduct.

ii) Activities
• Carry out field-based investigations into allegations of violations of policies, procedures, standards, guidelines, and applicable rules and regulations.
• Review and assess allegations and complaints, formulate investigation plans,
• review and analyze all information to determine its relevance and reliability,
• conduct interviews with staff and other involved parties, obtain and analyze documentary and electronic evidence, conduct investigative research, and determine the appropriate presentation of investigative results.
• Prepare and draft investigation reports and ad hoc briefs pertaining to investigations.
• Prepare recommendations for corrective action to improve internal controls, effectiveness, or efficiency of CRS operations based on the findings of investigations. EOI# US2308.05.2021
• Regularly apprise on progress of investigations and assess probable impact of investigation outcome relative to strategies and advise CRS management.
• Coordinate with CRS Country Programs and Regional Office to obtain internal support (logistical support- transport, interpreters, etc.) to resolve problems and to facilitate their work.
• When required, liaise with local authorities, police, governments officials, and other organizations.
• Perform other related duties as assigned.

iii) Deliverables
For each individual assignment, CRS will share a specific scope of work outlining deliverables, due date, deliverable format, method of submission, number of billable units or fixed fee, and compensation total (or rate, if more than one rate is possible) for the assignment. Each output delivered on time, according to the agreed upon SOW for each individual assignment.

iv) Key Working Relationships
Ethics Unit Directors; Regional Ethics Managers; Country Program Senior Leadership.

Communication
During the procurement process which includes both the solicitation and evaluation stages, all communications will be directed to the Procurement Specialist Kathleen Mackin ([email protected]) with copy to Brenda Lee ([email protected]). Only upon award, can communication between selected bidder and Program Staff commence.

Clarifications
Questions must be submitted via e-mail to Kathleen Mackin [email protected] with copy to Brenda Lee ([email protected]) no later than close of business June 30th, 2021. The solicitation number indicated above must be included in the subject line. Responses will be provided to all known offerors. CRS is under no obligation to respond to questions that are not received prior to the aforementioned deadline.

Proposal Deadline
All proposals must be received by CRS (to [email protected] with copy to [email protected]) no later than [11:59 PM EST for electronic submission] July 8th, 2021. The solicitation number indicated above must be included in the subject line.

Deadline for proposals is on July 8, 2021.

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