Framework agreement for the purchase of internal audit services.

Information

Open procedure
11/9/2016
12/19/2016
12/19/2016

Short description

1.1 Contracting Authority.

The Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO) was established 1.7.2015 from a merger between Bioforsk, the Norwegian Agricultural Economics Research Institute (NILF) and the Norwegian Agricultural Economics Research Institute

NIBIO is owned by the Ministry of Agriculture and Food as a management organ with special powers and its own board of directors. The main office is located in Ås, and the institute has several regional units nationwide.

NIBIO is a project organised entity with a comprehensive project portfolio and approx. 700 employees. There are also approx. 200 hourly contracts, temporary positions and engagements, field workers and guest researchers and students.

The institute shall provide research, management support and knowledge that can be used in national contingency, public management, industry and commerce and society in general. NIBIO's contracting authorities, customers and projects fall into several categories:

Research projects awarded, authorised and financed through The Research Council of Norway [Norges Forskningsråd].

Research projects awarded, authorised and financed through The Ministry of Agriculture and Food [Landbruks- og matdepartementet].

Research projects awarded and financed through application to other public organs domestically and abroad — including different EU programmes.

Research assignments won through participation in public tender competitions (typical contracting authorities will be county governors, counties and municipalities).

Research assignments ordered by private businesses, foundations and organisations.,

NIBIO is a strongly project oriented business, with associated high requirements of good resource planning, control and reporting.

1.2 Description of the procurement.

NIBIO's board has decided to establish an internal audit by outsourcing of the service. NIBIO shall enter into a framework agreement with one tenderers for the delivery of services in internal control, internal audit and IT audit.

The framework agreement shall assist in NIBIO achieving their goal of sufficient and appropriate internal control and effective management of considerable risk. The internal audit shall assist the organisation achieving their objective by utilising a systematic and structured method of evaluation and improving the efficiency of organisation processes, for risk management, control and business management. The internal audit shall promote and protect the organisation's values by giving risk based and objective attestation, advice and insight.

The cooperation with the selected tenderer shall assist in ensuring that NIBIO's work with internal control, internal audit and IT audit is carried out in accordance with the law and regulations, best practice and applicable standards for internal audit and the at any given time applicable regulations. Furthermore, the cooperation shall provide access to external competence and a larger professional environment.

It is presumed that the selected collaborating partner can assist NIBIO with verification audits and consultancy assignments as needed and as ordered by the Contracting Authority based on risk assessments. Internal audit verification assignments can include all types of areas related to business management, risk management and internal control.

NIBIO intends that the agreement shall also assist in competence development in NIBIO by the tenderer facilitating the exchange of experience through their own service deliveries.

Research projects awarded and financed through application to other public organs domestically and abroad — including different EU programmes.

Research assignments won through participation in public tender competitions (typical contracting authorities will be county governors, counties and municipalities).

Research assignments ordered by private businesses, foundations and organisations.

NIBIO is a strongly project oriented business, with associated high requirements of good resource planning, control and reporting.

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