The Instituto Rui Barbosa (“IRB”) invites submission of qualifications and proposal data (collectively referred to as the “Proposal”) from interested U.S. firms that are qualified on the basis of experience and capability to execute technical assistance for advisory services for 18 months to assist IRB in assessing value for money in public procurement audits and improving the capacity of auditing staff across the Government of Brazil. The Proposal submission deadline is July 22, 2022 at 1 p.m. EDT/ 2 p.m. Brazilian Standard Time. The U.S. firm selected will be paid in U.S. dollars from a $1,136,100 grant to IRB from the U.S. Trade and Development Agency.
About the Grantee
Instituto Rui Barbosa is a civil association created in 1973 with the goal of improving the activities carried out by the Brazilian audit courts. IRB is considered the “academic arm” of the audit system in Brazil. IRB has five directorates, including Institutional Relations (which establishes national and international partnerships), Institutional Development (to develop cooperative and network actions for various areas of work for TCU), and Capacity Building and Research (which develops training activities and includes translating and adapting International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI) audit guides and standard rules to the Brazilian context).
The Technical Assistance for the Instituto Rui Barbosa will provide advisory services to perform assessments, develop recommendations, provide advisory services, and conduct trainings to assist the Government of Brazil in assessing value for money in public procurement audits in accordance with Law 14,133 and improving the capacity of auditing staff across the Government of Brazil. Under the Technical Assistance, IRB would select four Brazilian state audit courts to comprise a “project committee” along with IRB. RB and the state audit courts on the project committee would be the direct beneficiaries of the TA, and IRB would also work to apply the recommendations and lessons learned to other state and municipal audit courts throughout Brazil.
About the Technical Assistance
The Technical Assistance would focus on how to perform value for money auditing, also known as performance-based auditing, under Law 14,133. To do this, the Technical Assistance would assess ongoing Government of Brazil procurement auditing practices and develop practical recommendations related to processes, policies, and capacity building needs. The Contractor would work with the IRB and the state audit courts on the project committee to make progress on the Contractor’s recommendations during the term of the Technical Assistance and would also conduct trainings on concepts covered and priority areas of focus for the Technical Assistance, including performance-based auditing. The trainings would contribute to professionalization and sustainable procurement workforce capacity development across the Government of Brazil.