Request for Proposals (RFP) - Accounting Services for ATIC general and Project Needs



Request for Proposals (RFP)

RFP Number:

OPS-ICTEC-StartupCityCahul-2021-005

Issuance Date:

01.02.2021

Deadline for Offers:

EXTENDED DEADLINE:

22.02.2021, 17:00 Chisinau time

9.03.2021, 17:00 Chisinau time

Description:

Accounting Services for ATIC general and Project Needs

For:

National Association of ICT Companies (ATIC)

1)     Eu4Moldova Strtup City Cahul Project

2)     Moldova ICT Excellence Center Project (ICTEC)

Funded By:

3)     EU through Sweden

4)    United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Contract Nr. AID-117-A-15-00002

Issued by:

National Association of ICT Companies (ATIC)

ATIC Point of Contact:

llivadari@ict.md, Livadari Liuba, Procurement Manager

contabil@ict.md, Violeta Bordeniuc, Senior Accountant

Section 1: Introduction and Instructions to Offerors

  • Acronyms and Definitions

ATIC

National Association of ICT Companies

ADS

USAID Automated Directives System

CFR

United States Code of Federal Regulations

Cooperating Country

Moldova

EU

FAR

European Union

United States Federal Acquisition Regulation

RFP

Request for Proposals

US

United States

USAID

United States Agency for International Development

USG

United States Government

Sida

VAT

Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency

Value Added Tax

  • Introduction:

About ATIC 

THE MOLDOVAN ASSOCIATION OF ICT COMPANIES (“ATIC”) is the business Organization uniting 45 companies. Umbrella Organization gathering over 5000 employees. 

Being established in 2006, ATIC is the action leading association and the voice of the Moldovan ICT industry that promotes the development of the ICT sector in Republic of Moldova through viable partnerships between companies, similar organizations, government, state institutions and international organizations. The association was founded to represent the industry on different policy and legislative issues and to facilitate the exchange of best practices between members. ATIC mission is to protect and promote the Association members’ interests as well as facilitate a more favorable ICT business climate. 

About the ATIC two biggest projects: 

The ICTEC Project started as a USAID program implemented by the National Association of ICT Companies (ATIC). In 2016, the Government of Sweden joined the program and expanded the operations and content programs of Tekwill. The project is implemented as a private-public partnership (though Global Development Alliances instrument (GDA)), between the Moldovan Government, private industry, academia and donors. The private partners include multinational companies, IBM and Microsoft, and also Moldovan Association of Private ICT Companies (ATIC) members that are local (operated) ICT companies. The private partners bring significant new resources, ideas, software, technologies and development activities, such as trainings, practical assignments, and mentorship. The private sector partners will have the chance to use the center to communicate with the university, SMEs, startups, professionals and contribute to the curricula improvement answering the market needs, as well as the improvement of the IT and entrepreneurship ecosystem that will lead to the economic growth of the country. The Government of Moldova supports this project at the highest level of the Prime Minister, and the partners include Ministry of ICT, Ministry of Education, and E-Government Center. 

The EU4Moldova: Startup City Cahul Project financed by EU through Sweden is in line with the Annual Action Programme 2019 in favor of the Republic of Moldova and its Action entitled, based on the Commission Decision ENI/2019/042-243.  

The overall objective of the Action is to harness and strengthen the potential of the digital economy and enhance regional competitiveness, its business and its investment environment.  

The specific objectives are:  

  • Foster partnerships for innovation and entrepreneurship between the private sector, public sector and educational institutions in the region of Cahul.  
  • Promote technology, problem solving and creative solutions in learning and make STEM topics (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) more attractive for women and men, girls and boys.  
  • Facilitate the emergence of start-ups in innovative sectors, build their capacity and investment readiness. 

SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES 

The specific objective of this assignment is to hire a company able to assist the operational activity of ATIC by performing accounting services specific to NGOs, in compliance with the National Accounting Standards (“SNC”).  

Please refer to Annex 1 – Terms of Reference.  

  • Offer Deadline and Protocol:

Offers must be submitted not later than 17:00, local Chisinau time, on February 22, 2021 electronically and/or in hard copy to the ATIC office:

Any email offers must be sent to the following address:

to: llivadari@ict.md, Liuba Livadari, Procurement Manager

cc: contabil@ict.md, Violeta Bordeniuc, Senior Accountant

Any hard copy offers must be stamped and signed by the offeror’s authorized representative and delivered to the following address:

In attention of Liuba Livadari

Procurement Manager

Moldova ICT Excellence Center Project

Str. Studentilor 9/11, Chisinau, Moldova.

Each offeror must submit its proposal in two separate packages: Technical Proposal and the Cost Proposal.  The following number of copies is required in each submission:

Technical and Cost Proposal: Three (3) original hardcopies and one (1) electronic copy on CD of the technical proposal, per the instructions below.

All offers and related documents must be enclosed in sealed envelopes with the name and address of the offeror and the RFP number (“RFP No. # OPS-ICTEC-StartupCityCahul-2021-005”) clearly marked on the outside. The Technical Proposal and the Cost Proposal must be submitted together. If multiple envelopes must be submitted due to the size of a proposal, offerors must ensure that each envelope is sealed and clearly marked with the information described above.

Please refer the RFP number in any response to this RFP.

Offers received after the specified time and date will be considered late and will NOT be reviewed by ATIC.

  • Questions and Requests for Clarifications:

Questions regarding the technical or administrative requirements of this RFP may be submitted no later than 17:00, local Chisinau time on February 17, 2021, by email to llivadari@ict.md and contabil@ict.md. Questions must be submitted in writing; phone calls will not be accepted. Questions and requests for clarification—and the responses thereto—that ATIC believes may be of interest to other offerors will be circulated to all RFP recipients who have indicated an interest in bidding.

Only the written answers issued by ATIC will be considered official and carry weight in the RFP process and subsequent evaluation. Any verbal information received from employees of ATIC or any other entity should not be considered as an official response to any questions regarding this RFP.

  • Technical and Cost Volume
    • Technical Volume

The Technical Volume should describe in detail the offeror’s proposed plan for providing the services and commodities described in the specifications found in Annex 1. It should demonstrate a clear understanding of the work to be undertaken and the responsibilities of all parties involved. The plan should include details on equipment, personnel, and subcontractors that the offeror will make available to carry out the required activities. The plan should also provide details on the anticipated delivery schedule, including an estimated completion date.

At a minimum, the Technical Volume must contain the following required completed documents:

  1. Technical Offer: 
  • Application form (FORM A) 
  • Letter of Transmittal (see FORM B) 
  • Offeror’s Summary Sheet (see FORM C) 
  • Certification Regarding Responsibility Matters (see FORM D) 
  • Evidence Regarding Responsibility Matters (see FORM E)
  • Copy of official registration and business license if applicable 
  • Company’s / organization’s profile with a focus on information regarding similar experience in accounting services, experience with donor organizations, IFRS. 
  • Description of services, including risk management and quality assurance mechanisms. 
  • Information about Key staff involved with accounting services and their certifications: CVs and qualification of Staff planned to be assigned: Senior accountant and 2 project accountants (diplomas and or licenses if applicable, certifications, to be attached); (please specify the years of experience in the required area 
  • Past performance information – 3 relevant reference letters from the last 5 years (related to similar accounting services provided for NGOs/Donor organizations, project related accounting).  Contact details of reference providers should be included.
  • Information on subcontractors (copy of registration certificate, licenses if applicable, relevant experience) if applicable  
  1. Financial Offer (FORM F) 

Subcontracting arrangements: 

If the execution of work to be performed by the offeror requires the hiring of subcontractors, the proposal must clearly identify the subcontractor(s), contact information of subcontractor(s), and the work they will perform.  ATIC will not refuse a proposal based upon the use of subcontractors; however, ATIC retains the right to approve or reject the specific subcontractors selected.

All electronic copies of documents in the Technical Volume must be in PDF, Microsoft Word or Microsoft Excel format. 

The information contained in the Technical Volume should not contain any cost- or price-related information.

  • Cost Volume

Taking into consideration the complexity of the work, the cost proposal is used to determine which proposals represent the best value and serves as a basis of negotiation before award of a subcontract.

It should offer a clear understanding upon the amount of work, different types of activities (if applicable), but offer a fixed price for the assignment taking into account all details.

The cost proposal shall also include a budget narrative that explains the basis for the estimate of every cost element or line item. Supporting information must be provided in sufficient detail to allow for a complete analysis of each cost element or line item. ATIC reserves the right to request additional cost information if the evaluation committee has concerns of the reasonableness, realism, or completeness of an offeror’s proposed cost.

The agreement under which this procurement is financed does not permit the financing of any taxes, VAT, tariffs, duties, or other levies imposed by any laws in effect in the Cooperating Country. No such Cooperating Country taxes, charges, tariffs, duties or levies will be paid under an order resulting from this RFP.

CURRENCY OF PROPOSAL: Financial offers must be presented in MDL only. No other currencies accepted. 

FORMAT OF FINANCIAL PROPOSAL: In formulating its financial proposal, the offeror should be guided by the FORM F.

PARTIAL QUOTES: Not Allowed.

  • Validity Period

Offers must remain valid for at least 90 calendar days after the offer deadline.

  • Authorized USAID Geographic Code and Source/Nationality (applicable as the required services will be also provided for USAID funded projects)

All goods and services offered in response to this RFP or supplied under any resulting award must meet USAID Geographic Code 935 in accordance with the United States Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), 22 CFR §228, available at: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CFR-2012-title22-vol1/pdf/CFR-2012-title22-vol1-part228.pdf.

The cooperating country for this RFP is Moldova.

Offerors may not offer or supply any commodities or related services that are manufactured or assembled in, shipped from, transported through, or otherwise involving any of the following countries: Burma (Myanmar), Cuba, Iran, North Korea, (North) Sudan, Syria.  Related services include incidental services pertaining to any/all aspects of this work to be performed under a resulting subcontract (including transportation, fuel, lodging, meals, and communications expenses).

  • Eligibility of Offerors

By submitting an offer in response to this RFP, the offeror certifies that it and its principal officers are not debarred, suspended, or otherwise considered ineligible for an award. ATIC will not award a contract to any firm that is debarred, suspended, or considered to be ineligible.

  • Evaluation and Basis for Award

An or multiple awards will be made to the offeror whose proposal is determined to be responsive to this solicitation document, meets the eligibility criteria stated in this RFP, meets the technical, management/personnel, and corporate capability requirements, and is determined to represent the best value to ATIC. Best value will be decided using the tradeoff process.

This RFP will use the tradeoff process to determine best value. That means that each proposal will be evaluated and scored against the evaluation criteria and evaluation sub-criteria, which are stated in the table below. Cost proposals are not assigned points, but for overall evaluation purposes of this RFP, technical evaluation factors other than cost, when combined, are considered approximately equal to cost factors. If technical scores are determined to be equal or nearly equal, cost will become the determining factor.

In evaluating proposals, ATIC will use the following evaluation criteria and sub-criteria set out in Annex 1- terms of reference to this RfP.

This RFP utilizes the tradeoff process based on ATIC procedures. ATIC will award a subcontract to the offeror whose proposal represents the best value to ATIC. ATIC may award to a higher priced offeror if a determination is made that the higher technical evaluation of that offeror merits the additional cost/price.

The rating of each proposal will be defined based on the accumulated scoring, considering the technical and financial scores. The priority will be given to highest scored offers, in the limits of the available budget.

  • Negotiations

Best and final price quotations are requested from all offerors. It is anticipated that awards will be made solely on the basis of these original quotations. However, ATIC reserves the right to conduct negotiations and/or request clarifications prior to awarding a subcontract.

  • Terms and Conditions of Subcontract

This is a Request for Proposals only. Issuance of this RFP does not in any way obligate ATIC or the Donor to award a subcontract, nor does it commit ATIC or Donor to pay for costs incurred in the preparation and submission of a proposal.

This solicitation is subject to the Draft Order Terms and Conditions detailed in Section 2. Any resultant award will be governed by these terms and conditions. ATIC reserves the right to make revisions to the content, order, and numbering of the provisions in the actual subcontract document prior to execution by ATIC and the selected awardee. Issuance of a subcontract award is subject to availability of sufficient funds.

Section 2.  Background, Scope of Work, Deliverables and Deliverable Schedule

  • Specifications

ATIC is looking to contract a company to provide the services described in Annex 1 – Terms of Reference.

  • Delivery Requirements

The delivery location for the items described in this RFP is MD-2045, 9/11, Studentilor Str., Chisinau, Moldova.  As part of its response to this RFP, each offeror is expected to provide an estimate (in calendar days) of the delivery and execution timeframe (after receipt of order). The delivery estimate presented in an offer in response to this RFP must be upheld in the performance of any resulting contract.

The delivery estimate presented in any offers in response to this RFP must be honest, accurate, and upheld in the performance of any resulting subcontract or order.

Section 3. Draft Order Terms and Conditions

Per Section 1.11 of this RFP, in the event of a subcontract award resulting from an offer submitted in response to this RFP, the following terms and conditions will apply: 

  1. All commodities, if applicable, delivered under this subcontract must be transferable to USAID, or another entity in the Cooperating Country designated by ATIC.

 

  1. Delivery Terms
  2. Delivery terms to be guided by the expected timeframes mention in the ToR – Annex 1. The Subcontractor shall deliver the deliverables as set forth to the delivery locations (Republic of Moldova).
  3. Time is of the essence.  By executing this subcontract, the Subcontractor confirms that it accepts that the delivery schedule stated herein is reasonable and will comply with the delivery schedule.
  4. Customs clearance.  The Subcontractor shall clear any international shipments through customs and deliver them to the appropriate location(s) specified in Article 5.  ATIC is responsible for providing the Subcontractor with the necessary documentation required by Moldovan customs officials for duty-free customs clearance.
  5. Consignee address.  For any international shipments requiring customs clearance in Moldova, the following consignee address shall be used on each shipment to facilitate duty-free and tax-free customs clearance.
  6. U.S.-flag requirement.  Any international transportation carried out under this subcontract shall take place on US-flag vessels/carriers.  Any international air transportation shall be in accordance with FAR 52.247-63 (“Preference for U.S.-Flag Air Carriers”) and FAR 47.403 (“Guidelines for Implementation of the Fly America Act”). (applicable as the required services will be also provided for USAID funded projects)
  1. Payment and financial obligations
    • Subcontract Price

The Subcontractor shall complete all work (including furnishing all labor, material, commodities, equipment, and services) required under this subcontract for the fixed price indicated in the offer. This price shall include all equipment, commodities, shipping costs, licenses, permits, administration costs, labor costs, materials, overhead, profit, and all other costs.

The Subcontractor will be paid the installment amounts listed under the column named “Payment Amount” only upon successful completion and acceptance by ATIC of all corresponding deliverables listed in the column named “Corresponding Deliverable Name.”

  • Payment Terms

ATIC will pay the total price through a series of installment payments as provided in Article 1.9 above, after Subcontractor’s completion of the corresponding deliverables and ATIC acceptance thereof. The Subcontractor may submit invoices for deliverables that have been accepted and approved by the authorized ATIC representative. ATIC will pay the Subcontractor’s invoice within fifteen (15) days after the following conditions have been fulfilled:

  1. the Subcontractor has delivered a proper invoice,
  2. ATIC has issued an inspection certificate.

Payment will be made in MDL (in case of international applicants, payment will be made in USD or EU based on the location of the company providing services), paid via wire transfer to the account specified in the Subcontractor’s invoice. Payment of unpaid balances will be made upon completion and final acceptance of all works and deliverables by ATIC. Any invoices for services rendered and deliverables submitted—but not accepted by ATIC—will not be paid until the Subcontractor makes sufficient revisions to the deliverables such that ATIC may approve the deliverables and thus the invoice.

  • Invoice Requirements

The Subcontractor shall present an invoice to ATIC only for services and/or commodities that have been accepted by ATIC. The invoice must be an original invoice, submitted to:

ATIC

Attention: Accountant Office

National Association of ICT Companies

To constitute a proper invoice, the Subcontractor’s invoice must include the following information and/or attached documentation. This information will assist ATIC in making timely payments to the Subcontractor:

  1. Subcontractor legal name, subcontract number, invoice date, and invoice number.
  2. Deliverable(s) number, description of approved deliverable(s), and corresponding value.
  3. Bank account information to which payment shall be sent.
  • Cooperating Country Fees, Taxes, and Duties

This subcontract is entered into by ATIC on behalf of the Projects mentioned above, an official program of the Donors in Republic of Moldova. 

As such, this subcontract is free and exempt from any taxes, VAT, tariffs, duties, or other levies imposed by the laws in effect in Republic of Moldova.  The Subcontractor shall not pay any host country taxes, VAT, tariffs, duties, levies, etc. from which this Donor programs are exempt.  In the event that any exempt charges are paid by the Subcontractor, they will not be reimbursed to the Subcontractor by ATIC.  The Subcontractor shall immediately notify ATIC if any such taxes are assessed against the Subcontractor or its subcontractors/suppliers at any tier.

The Subcontractor is responsible for payment of all applicable taxes, as prescribed under the applicable laws, associated with wages/salaries/compensation for services rendered by individuals employed by the Subcontractor and who are directed to work as required under this Subcontract.  The Subcontractor is liable for payment of all applicable taxes associated with revenues (profit), and other such taxes, fees, or dues for which Subcontractor is normally responsible as a result of operating its business.

  • Set-Off Clause

ATIC reserves the right of set-off against amounts payable to Subcontractor under this subcontract or any other agreement in the amount of any claim or refunds ATIC may have against the Subcontractor.

  1. Authorized USAID Geographic Code (applicable as the required services will be also provided for USAID funded projects)

The authorized USAID geographic code for this subcontract is USAID Geographic Code 935 in accordance with the United States Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), 22 CFR §228, available at: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CFR-2012-title22-vol1/pdf/CFR-2012-title22-vol1-part228.pdf.

The source and nationality of all goods, commodities, and services provided under this subcontract must meet the above-specified USAID geographic code specified in accordance with the regulations found in 22 CFR 228.

The cooperating country for this subcontract is Moldova.

No commodities or related services may be supplied under this subcontract that are manufactured or assembled in, shipped from, transported through, or otherwise involving any of the following countries: Burma (Myanmar), Cuba, Iran, North Korea, (North) Sudan, Syria. Related services include incidental services pertaining to any/all aspects of this work to be performed under a resulting subcontract (including transportation, fuel, lodging, meals, and communications expenses).

  1. Restrictions on Certain Foreign Purchases (FAR 52.225-13) (applicable as the required services will be also provided for USAID funded projects)
  2. Except as authorized by the Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the Subcontractor shall not acquire for its use in the performance of this subcontract, any supplies or services if any proclamation, U.S. Executive Order, U.S. statute, or OFAC’s implementing regulations (31 CFR Chapter V), would prohibit such a transaction by a U.S. person, as defined by law.
  3. Except as authorized by OFAC, most transactions involving Cuba, Iran, the Sudan, Burma and North Korea are prohibited, including importing/exporting to/from the United States, engaging in financial transactions, or facilitating any prohibited transactions by third parties. Lists of entities and individuals subject to economic sanctions – which are updated routinely - are included in OFAC’s List of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons at http://www.treas.gov/offices/enforcement/ofac/sdn. It is the Subcontractor’s responsibility to remain informed as to sanctioned parties and to ensure compliance with all relevant U.S. sanctions and trade restrictions. More information about these restrictions, as well as updates, is available in the OFAC’s regulations at 31 CFR Chapter V and/or on OFAC’s website at http://www.treas.gov/offices/enforcement/ofac.
  4. The Subcontractor shall insert this article, including this paragraph (c), in all subcontracts and subawards issued under this subcontract.
  1. Compliance with U.S. Export Laws (applicable as the required services will be also provided for USAID funded projects)

 Subcontractor warrants and agrees to comply with all U.S. export laws and regulations and other applicable U.S. law and regulations, including but not limited to: (i) the Arms Export Control Act (AECA), 22 U.S.C. 2778 and 2779; (ii) Trading with the Enemy Act (TWEA), 50 U.S.C. App. §§ 1-44; (iii) International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), 22 C.F.R. Parts 120-130.; (iv) Export Administration Act (EAA) of 1979 and the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) 15 C.F.R. Parts 730-774, (including the EAR anti-boycott provision); (v) the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), 50 U.S.C. 1701-1706 and Executive Orders of the President under IEEPA, 50 U.S.C. app. §§ 2401-2420; (vi) Office of Foreign Asset Controls (OFAC) Regulations, 31 C.F.R. Parts 500-598; and (vii) other applicable U.S. laws and regulations. As required, subject to ATIC’ prior approval for all exports or imports under the Subcontract, Subcontractor shall determine any export license, reporting, filing or other requirements, obtain any export license or other official authorization, and carry out any customs formalities for the export of goods or services. Subcontractor agrees to cooperate in providing any reports, authorizations, or other documentation related to export compliance requested by ATIC. Subcontractor agrees to indemnify, hold harmless and defend ATIC for any losses, liabilities and claims, including as penalties or fines as a result of any regulatory action taken against ATIC as a result of Subcontractor’s non-compliance with this provision.

  1. Anti-Kickback
  2. Definitions: 
  • Kickback, as used herein, means any money, fee, commission, credit, gift, gratuity, thing of value, or compensation of any kind, which is provided, directly or indirectly, to ATIC, the ICTEC project office or any of its employees, the Subcontractor or Subcontractor employees, or vendors in any way related to the performance or subsequent activities of this subcontract, for the purpose of improperly obtaining or rewarding favorable treatment in connection with this subcontract.
  • Person,as used in this article, means a corporation, partnership, business association of any kind, trust, joint-stock company, or individual.
  • Subcontractor employee, as used in this article, means any officer, partner, employee, or agent of the Subcontractor.     
  1. The Subcontractor and its employees, whether directly or indirectly engaged in the performance of this subcontract, agree to abide by the terms of The United States Anti-Kickback Act of 1986, which prohibits any person from providing or attempting to provide any kickback; soliciting, accepting, or attempting to accept any kickback; or including, directly or indirectly, the amount of any kickback in the contract price charged by the Subcontractor to ATIC.

When the Subcontractor has reasonable grounds to believe that a violation described in paragraph (b) of this provision may have occurred, the Subcontractor shall promptly report in writing the possible violation. Such reports shall be made to ATIC, who shall forward the report to the USAID Inspector General for investigation, as required.

The Subcontractor agrees to cooperate fully with any United States Government agency investigating a possible violation described in paragraph (b) of this article.

ATIC may offset the amount of the kickback against any monies owed by ATIC under this fixed price subcontract or order the monies withheld from future payments due the Subcontractor.

The Subcontractor agrees to (applicable as the required services will be also provided for USAID funded projects) include the substance of this article in any contract it may issue under this subcontract.

  1. Terrorist Financing Prohibition

The Subcontractor (including its employees, consultants, and agents) by entering into this subcontract certifies that it does not engage, support or finance individuals and/or organizations associated with terrorism. The Subcontractor is reminded that U.S. Executive Orders and U.S. law prohibits transactions with, and the provision of resources and support to, individuals and organizations associated with terrorism. A list of entities and individuals subject to restrictions, prohibitions and sanctions can be found at the web site of the Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), at http://treasury.gov/ofac. It is the legal responsibility of the Subcontractor to ensure compliance with the Executive Order 13224 and other U.S. laws prohibiting terrorist financing. This provision must be included in all subcontracts or subawards issued under this subcontract. (applicable as the required services will be also provided for USAID funded projects)

  1. Eligibility of Subcontractors

In accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Clause 52.209-6, “Protecting the Government’s Interest When Subcontracting with Contractors Debarred, Suspended, or Proposed for Debarment,” (SEP 2006), no commodities, software, goods, materials, or services shall be eligible for USAID financing or reimbursement under this subcontract if provided by a subcontractor or supplier (or a subcontractors’ or suppliers’ principle) that is debarred, suspended, or proposed for debarment by USAID or the USG. This applies to the Subcontractor and the Subcontractor’s subcontractors and suppliers as well. (applicable as the required services will be also provided for USAID funded projects)

As per EU procurement rules, a subcontractor is eligible if:

  • it is not included in the EU Sanctions List or are subject to EU Restrictive Measures provided at www.sanctionsn1ap.eu and all its employees, consultants, suppliers and contractors involved in fulfilment of this Agreement or implementation of any part of the Project are not included in the EU Sanctions List or are subject to EU Restrictive Measures and none part of the Fee is made available to, or for the benefit of, persons, groups and entities designated under the EU Sanctions List or subject to EU Restrictive Measures. The Provider shall cooperate with the Beneficiary in this respect and promptly inform the Beneficiary if it reveals that any recipient of such funds falls under EU Sanctions List / EU Restrictive Measures. 
  • it does not support activities that contribute to money laundering, terrorism financing, tax avoidance, tax fraud or tax evasion;
  • it refrains from corruption and other irregularities and requires all its employees, consultants, suppliers and contractors involved in fulfilment of this Agreement or implementation of any part of the Project to refrain from any such corruption and other irregularities.  Corruption and other irregularities refer to all kinds of: (1) corruption, including bribery, nepotism, illegal gratuities or other form of abuse of trust, power and position for improper gain; (2) misappropriation of cash, inventory and all other kinds of assets; (3) financial and non-financial fraudulent statements; (4) all other use of Project/Core Activities funds which is not in accordance with the work plan and Budget approved under SIDA-ATIC Agreement.  The Provider shall cooperate with the Beneficiary in this respect and promptly inform the Beneficiary of any indication of corruption and other irregularities and investigate the presence of corruption and other irregularities and take action, including legal actions, against persons suspected of corruption and other irregularities;
  • it takes all necessary precautions to avoid any conflicts of interest in all matters related to fulfilment of this Agreement or implementation of any part of the Project and ensures its employees, consultants, suppliers and contractors are not placed in a situation which could give rise to conflict of interest. A conflict of interest shall be deemed to arise where the impartial and objective exercise of the functions of any person fulfilling the Agreement and/or implementing of any part of the Project is compromised. (applicable as the required services will be also provided for EU/Sweden funded projects)
  1. Compliance with Applicable Laws and Standards

The Subcontractor shall perform all work, and comply in all respects, with applicable laws, ordinances, codes, regulations, and other authoritative rules of the United States and Moldova and its political subdivisions and with the standards of relevant licensing boards and professional associations. The Subcontractor shall also comply with the applicable USAID regulations governing this subcontract, which are incorporated by reference into this subcontract, and appear in Article 35, Clauses Incorporated by Reference. applicable as the required services will be also provided for USAID funded projects)

  1. Indemnity and Subcontractor Waiver of Benefits
  2. The Subcontractor waives any additional benefits and agrees to indemnify and save harmless ATIC, Donor, their officers, directors, agents, and employees from and against any and all claims and liability, loss, expenses, suits, damages, judgments, demands, and costs (including reasonable legal and professional fees and expenses) arising out of:

(1)   the acts or omissions of Subcontractor, its employees, officers, directors, agents or its subcontractors;

(2)   injury or death to persons, including officers, directors, employees, agents and subcontractors of Subcontractor, or loss of or damage to property, or fines and penalties which may result, in whole or in part, by reason of the buying, selling, distribution, or use of any of the goods or services purchased or provided under this Subcontract except to the extent that such damage is due to the negligence of ATIC;

(3)   the infringement or violation of any patent, copyright, trademark, service mark, trade secret, or other proprietary interest of any third party resulting from ATIC use, distribution, sale, sublicensing, or possession of the goods (including software and all forms of written materials) or services purchased or provided, as authorized hereunder, or from the use or possession of said goods or services by ATIC, Donor, as authorized hereunder; or false claims submitted by Subcontractor or its subcontractors under this Subcontract or as a result of a Subcontractor misrepresentation of fact or fraud by Subcontractor.

  1. Subcontractor shall defend and settle at its sole expense all suits or proceedings arising out of the foregoing, provided that Subcontractor has notice or is given prompt written notice of such claim or suit and, further, that Subcontractor shall be given necessary information, reasonable assistance and the authority to defend such claim or suit. Subcontractor shall not settle, compromise or discharge any pending or threatened suit, claim or litigation, arising out of, based upon, or in any way related to the subject matter of this subcontract and to which ATIC is or may reasonably be expected to be a party, unless and until Subcontractor has obtained a written agreement, approved by ATIC (which shall not be unreasonably withheld) and executed by each party to such proposed settlement, compromise or discharge, releasing ATIC from any and all liability.
  2. If any of the goods or services provided by Subcontractor hereunder, including without limitation software and all forms of written materials, become the subject of a claim of infringement or violation of a third party's intellectual property, privacy and/or proprietary rights, Subcontractor shall, at its own expense, use its best efforts—

(1)   to procure for ATIC the right to continue use and, if authorized under this Subcontract, distribution of the infringing goods or services or,

(2)   to modify the goods or services to make them non-infringing, or to replace them with equivalent, non-infringing counterparts. 

If none of the above-mentioned can be successfully implemented, then Subcontractor shall refund to ATIC all monies paid to the Subcontractor for the infringing goods and services.

  1. Intellectual Property Rights

The ownership of all copyright and other intellectual property rights in respect of any data compilations, research, spreadsheets, graphs, reports, diagrams, designs, work products, software, or any other documents, developed in connection with this subcontract will exclusively vest in or remain with ATIC, which shall have all proprietary rights therein, notwithstanding that the Subcontractor or its employees may be the author of the intellectual property. All documents relating to the intellectual property or otherwise connected with this fixed price subcontract, the services, or duties must be returned or delivered to ATIC at the time of the expiration or termination of the subcontract. The Subcontractor agrees not to publish or make use of any of the intellectual property, or documents relating thereto, without the prior written approval of ATIC and proper attribution.

  1. Modifications

Modifications to the terms and conditions of this subcontract, including any modification to the scope of work, may only be made by written agreement between authorized personnel of both Parties as stipulated in Article 16 of this subcontract. Each Party shall give due notice and consideration to any proposals for modification made by the other Party.

  1. Changes

In accordance with FAR Clause 52.243-1 “Changes—Fixed-Price” (AUG 1987) (applicable as the required services will be also provided for USAID funded projects) and according to ATIC Procurement procedures, ATIC may at any time, by written order, and without notice to the sureties, if any, make changes within the general scope of this subcontract in the services to be performed.

If any such change(s) causes an increase or a decrease in the cost, or the time required for the performance, or any part of the work under the subcontract, an equitable adjustment shall be made in the subcontract price or delivery schedule, or both, and the subcontract shall be modified in writing accordingly. Any claim by the Subcontractor for adjustment under this subcontract must be asserted within 30 (thirty) days from the date of receipt by the Subcontractor of the modification or change.

  1. Assignment and Delegation

This subcontract may not be assigned or delegated, in whole or in part, by the Subcontractor without the written consent of ATIC. Absent such written consent, any assignment is void.

  1. Termination

ATIC reserves the unilateral right to terminate this fixed price subcontract at any time, paying for all deliverables completed at the time of termination and a pro-rata share of any deliverable in progress, in accordance with ATIC procurement procedures (FAR Clause 52.249-1, Termination for Convenience of the Government (Fixed Price) (Short Form) (April 1984), which is incorporated by reference in Article 35 herein - (applicable as the required services will be also provided for USAID funded projects)

In the event that the Subcontractor fails to make progress so as to endanger performance of this fixed price subcontract, or is unable to fulfill the terms of this fixed price subcontract by the completion date, the Subcontractor shall notify ATIC forthwith and ATIC shall have the right to summary termination of this fixed price subcontract upon written notice to the Subcontractor in accordance with the incorporated FAR Clause 52.249-8, Default (Fixed-Price Supply and Service). (applicable as the required services will be also provided for USAID funded projects)

Annex 1. Detailed Specifications and Requirements

TERM OF REFERENCE 

Accounting services for ATIC general and project needs

  1. BACKGROUND

About ATIC

THE MOLDOVAN ASSOCIATION OF ICT COMPANIES (“ATIC”) is the business Organization uniting 45 companies. Umbrella Organization gathering over 5000 employees.

Being established in 2006, ATIC is the action leading association and the voice of the Moldovan ICT industry that promotes the development of the ICT sector in Republic of Moldova through viable partnerships between companies, similar organizations, government, state institutions and international organizations. The association was founded to represent the industry on different policy and legislative issues and to facilitate the exchange of best practices between members. ATIC mission is to protect and promote the Association members’ interests as well as facilitate a more favorable ICT business climate.

About the ATIC two biggest projects:

The ICTEC Project started as a USAID program implemented by the National Association of ICT Companies (ATIC). In 2016, the Government of Sweden joined the program and expanded the operations and content programs of Tekwill. The project is implemented as a private-public partnership (though Global Development Alliances instrument (GDA)), between the Moldovan Government, private industry, academia and donors. The private partners include multinational companies, IBM and Microsoft, and also Moldovan Association of Private ICT Companies (ATIC) members that are local (operated) ICT companies. The private partners bring significant new resources, ideas, software, technologies and development activities, such as trainings, practical assignments, and mentorship. The private sector partners will have the chance to use the center to communicate with the university, SMEs, startups, professionals and contribute to the curricula improvement answering the market needs, as well as the improvement of the IT and entrepreneurship ecosystem that will lead to the economic growth of the country. The Government of Moldova supports this project at the highest level of the Prime Minister, and the partners include Ministry of ICT, Ministry of Education, and E-Government Center.

The EU4Moldova: Startup City Cahul Project financed by EU through Sweden is in line with the Annual Action Programme 2019 in favor of the Republic of Moldova and its Action entitled, based on the Commission Decision ENI/2019/042-243.

The overall objective of the Action is to harness and strengthen the potential of the digital economy and enhance regional competitiveness, its business and its investment environment.

The specific objectives are:

  • Foster partnerships for innovation and entrepreneurship between the private sector, public sector and educational institutions in the region of Cahul.
  • Promote technology, problem solving and creative solutions in learning and make STEM topics (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) more attractive for women and men, girls and boys.
  • Facilitate the emergence of start-ups in innovative sectors, build their capacity and investment readiness.
  1. SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES

The specific objective of this assignment is to hire a company able to assist the operational Activity of ATIC by performing accounting services specific to NGOs, in compliance with the National Accounting Standards (“SNC”).

  1. Scope of Works:

ATIC is seeking to engage the services of one qualified contractor (company) that will perform accounting services related to ATIC’s general activity (lobby and advocacy), as well as related to ATIC projects as per national legislation The contractor shall provide full accounting services related to grant funds associated with all implemented projects. The two biggest projects of ATIC are ICTEC and EU4Moldova: Startup City Cahul briefly described above.

The company will provide highly qualified specialists to perform all regular accounting operations as well as those of the senior accountant on a full-time basis.

In estimating the volume of services, applicant companies are encouraged to consider the below information on some estimated indicators:         

  • 3.8 mil USD - estimated expenses for 2021 (ATIC including general and project activities)
  • 6 ongoing projects and ATIC general activities (2 biggest projects ICTEC – USAID funded and EU4Moldova Startup City Cahul – funded by EU through Sweden, the 4 other are projects are small ones <USD100,000)
  • 17 ATIC employees and 10 Project staff (service contract holders)
  • 300 estimated average number of monthly payments
  • 150-200 estimated primary documents such as fiscal invoices to be recorded.

The accounting company will work in close collaboration with the Financial Manager, Senior Project Coordinator and Executive Director to ensure a proper match of ATIC accounting procedures and local legislation to fulfill at best the assignment.

The Offeror is required to describe the proposed services, along with the risk management and quality assurance mechanism applied.

General Responsibilities:

  • Carry out the assignment as defined in RFP;
  • Complete the final deliverables in a timely manner as defined below;
  • Conduct all business in a manner that respects local culture;
  • Maintain high ethical standards, avoiding any actual or perceived conflicts of interest.
  • Responsible for assisting with general accounting functions including:
  • Preparing and processing journal entries for month-end and year-end accruals and reconciling accounts to the supporting documentation;
  • Producing accurate financial and tax reports;
  • Providing supporting schedules for annual audit;
  • Participate in financial audits and reviews conducted by funding agencies, including document preparation and onsite support;
  • Prepare year end reports, schedules and other documents requested by auditor as per local legislation;
  • Provide audit process support as needed; research and resolve issues as they arise;
  • Provide reports and data as requested for the completion of annual tax returns;
  • Ensure the organization of accounting documents separately per ATIC general purposes and by project.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for all aspects of accounting for ATIC.
  • Reviewing and preparing all financial and tax reports (monthly, quarterly, annual) for accuracy and allowability, verifying foreign exchange rate calculations and recording all transactions into corporate accounting software “1C”;
  • Researching applicable laws, donor guidelines, and internal policies to determine allowability and reasonableness of expenditures;
  • Issuing periodic invoices and other forms as per Moldovan legislation.
  • Reviewing detailed general ledger reports for accuracy, reasonableness and compliance upon necessity;
  • Calculation of salary taxes and reporting them to state authorities.
  • Reconciling project grant accounts in “1C”;
  • Processing payments as per information received from the Financial Manager.

Other Duties to be performed:

  • Process daily payments as per separate projects
  • Record of bank statements as per local legislation
  • Record in “1C” of the received invoices and issued invoices/collecting the missing invoices
  • Calculation and payment of salaries.
  • Calculation of depreciation of fixed assets and intangible assets
  • Calculation and recording of advance requests/travel reports as per Moldovan legislation
  • Monthly, quarterly and annual reporting to Tax Department, Statistics and other Moldovan authorities.
  • Fuel consumption tracking in “1C”.
  • Reconciliation of the accounts on a monthly basis.
  • Reconciliation of suppliers information/annual preparation of verification acts with all suppliers.
  • Preparation of documents for the annual audit and tax inspection.
  • Other accounting tasks as per National Accounting Standards and Tax Code of Republic of Moldova solicited by the Financial manager of ATIC

Accounting software

At this moment, ATIC is using the accounting software version 1C.8 with special updates for USAID reporting. If the Contractor has a newer software version to be adjusted for USAID and EU projects, ATIC can reconsider to change the available accounting software for a more advanced version that will match better the specific of Donors’ requirements.

Taking into consideration that ATIC will have 2 offices for accounting registration of project documents, it is desirable that the Contractor provides a server for the simultaneous access to “1C” for minimum 4 designated people (ATIC Financial manager + 3 Contractor’s specialists: senior accountant, 2 project dedicated accountants).

Additionally, ATIC required the Contractor to ensure the technical support, maintenance, and update of the ATIC’s “1C” accounting software (further referred to as “1C”) regarding any changes in the local legislation. *In case of subcontracting a specialized company to support the main Contractor with 1C, the offeror is required to provide the information on the subcontracted supplier.

  1. DELIVERABLES AND SCHEDULES/ EXPECTED OUTPUTS 

The company is expected to provide the below mentioned deliverables:

  • Monthly/Quarterly/Annual authority reports (fiscal, statistics and other authorities)
  • Payment documentation accurately and timely prepared on a daily basis
  • Salaries payment sheets accurately and timely prepared
  • Accounting records kept up-to-date
  • Other financial related reports and documentation as per local accounting standards and NGO requirements.
  • Technical support, maintenance and updates in “1C” (upon necessity) related to changes in the local legislation ensured;
  • Inputs related to the adjustments needed for the “1C” accounting software in order to fit the project needs (specific for USAID/EU donor reporting) and communication with the technical support and maintenance company.
  1. PLACE OF THE PROVIDED SERVICES

 The place of service provision is Chisinau, Republic of Moldova. During the assignment, the contractor is expected to provide full time (8hrs/day) accounting services on business days working minimum 4hrs/day at ATIC headoffice on 9/11, Studentilor street Chisinau and/or other locations as designated by ATIC, and the rest of the working hours (4 hrs) remotely/at Contractor’s office. All original documents will be kept in ATIC office and archieved as per donor’s requirements.

  1. EXPECTED DURATION OF THE CONTRACT/ ASSIGNMENT 

 The assignment is expected to begin on March 1, 2021 and continue for a period of 12 consecutive months. The contract can be prolonged by both parties if agreed.

The contractor is expected to provide an update report with the performed tasks every month by the 10th day of the next month.

  1. MANDATORY DOCUMENTS TO BE SUBMITTED

The applicants should submit the following mandatory documents:

  1. Technical Offer:
    • Application form (FORM A)
    • Letter of Transmittal (see FORM B)
    • Offeror’s Summary Sheet (see FORM C)
    • Certification Regarding Responsibility Matters (see FORM D)
    • Evidence Regarding Responsibility Matters (see FORM E)
    • Copy of official registration and business license if applicable
    • Company’s / organization’s profile with a focus on information regarding similar experience in accounting services, experience with donor organizations, IFRS.
    • Description of services, including risk management and quality assurance mechanisms.
    • Information about Key staff involved with accounting services and their certifications: CVs and qualification of Staff planned to be assigned: Senior accountant and 2 project accountants (diplomas and or licenses if applicable, certifications, to be attached); (please specify the years of experience in the required area
    • Past performance information – 3 relevant reference letters from the last 5 years (related to similar accounting services provided for NGOs/Donor organizations, project related accounting). Contact details of reference providers should be included.
    • Information on subcontractors (copy of registration certificate, licenses if applicable, relevant experience) if applicable
  2. Financial Offer (FORM F)
  • Other documents relevant for the evaluation committee
  1. MINIMUM QUALIFICATION CRITERIA for applicant companies:
  • Minimum 10 years of similar experience accounting services in the republic of Moldova
  • Minimum 3 years of similar experience in accounting related to USAID and EU projects in/for NGOs /accounting related experience with donor organizations
  • Availability of qualified personnel (with diplomas):

- senior accountant with minimum 7 years of experience, 3 years of experience of accounting related to donor projects; Experience with IFRS and knowledge of English will be considered a plus;

-project accountants – minimum 4 years of general accounting experience and 2 years of accounting of donor financed projects;

  • Past performance information – 3 reference letters (resulting from accounting provided for NGOs/Donor’s or other relevant services) from the past 5 years.
  1. FINANCIAL PROPOSAL:

Each Offeror will provide its financial offer with a breakdown per deliverables and per type of costs (as per FORM F).
Labor rates shall include all equipment, tools, and supplies necessary for the employee to perform the tasks assigned, including any costs associated with necessary software or data management.

Any other out of pocket expenses, such as travel related expenses, meal allowances, or hotel rooms shall not be reimbursed.

Any penalties arriving from the incomplete accounting services, mistakes in accounting records or reports will be covered by the contractor.

Contractor may alter the categories listed above or propose a different form of contract (e.g., unit rates) as an alternative. ATIC reserves the right to select the proposal that it deems most advantageous to ATIC, in its sole discretion, based on the evaluation factors as described in this RFP.

Currency of offer: The financial offer should be submitted in MDL. No other currencies accepted.

Validity of offer: 90 calendar days from the tender deadline.

  1. EVALUATION METHOD

 

Submitted proposals will be evaluated against the evaluation criteria and scoring described below.

Evaluation Criteria

Evaluation Sub-criteria

Maximum obtainable points

Technical Evaluation

Up to 155 pts

1.

Description of Services

Up to 10 pts

Relevant – 10 pts

Average – 5 pts

2.

Company’s experience

Up to 20 pts

 

2.1. Minimum 10 years of similar experience in the Republic of Moldova

Up to 10 pts;

10 year of experience - 7 pts; for each additional year - 1 pt

 

2.2. Minimum 3 years of similar experience in accounting USAID and EU projects expenses for NGOs /Related experience with donor organizations

Up to 10 pts;

3-year experience - 4 pts; 2 pts for each additional  experience – 0 pts

3.

Experience of personnel involved in accounting services

Up to 85 pts;

 

 

3.1. Senior Accountant:

·   minimum 7 years of experience in accounting

 

 

 

 

 

·   minimum 3 years of accounting related to donor financed projects.

 

 

 

·   Experience with IFRS

 

 

·   Linguistic skills: RO - 2 pts, EN – 2 pts, Ru 1 pts

 

Up to 35 pts

7 years experience – 10 pts

For each additional year – 1 pts, up to 5 additional years (up to 15 pts)

 

3 years experience – 5 pts

For each additional year – 1 pts, up to 5 additional years (up to 10 pts)

 

Available experience – 5 pts

No experience – 0 pts

 

 

Up to 5 pts

 

3.2. Project Accountant #1 & #2

·   minimum 4 years of experience in accounting

 

 

·        minimum 2 years of accounting related to donor financed projects.

 

 

 

·        Linguistic skills: RO- 2 pts, EN – 2 pts, Ru 1 pts

Up to 50 pts (up to 25 pts each)

4 years experience – 5 pts, for each additional year – 1 pts, up to 4 additional years (up to 9 pts for each)

 

2 years of project accounting – 5 pts; for each additional year – 2 pts, up to 3 additional years

(up to 11 pts for each)

 

 

Up to 5 pts

4.

Availability of server for the accounting software “1C” storage

10 pts

Available 10 pts

Not available – 0 Pts

5.

 Availability of capacity to provide technical support, maintenance and updates related to 1C accounting software 

10 pts

Available 10 pts

Not available – 0 Pts

6.

Risk insurance for accounting errors

Up to 10 pts

Good – 10 pts

Fair – 5 pts

5.

Quality assurance mechanism described

Up to 10 pts

Good – 10 pts

Fair – 5 pts

Financial Evaluation

Overall cost proposal

minimum offer - 30 pts;

Evaluated offer pts = (lowest offer $ x 30 pts)/evaluated offer

Up to 30 pts

Total Points – Technical and Cost Approach                                 185 pts

Minimum technical pass score – 109 pts (70% of the technical score). Offers that do not reach the minimum pass score will not be considered for further evaluation.

The winning offers will be determined based on the Total Score – the maximum total score, other factors and RfP requirements that may represent value for ATIC (trade off method described in the RfP).

In case of equal total scores for two or several offers priority will be given to the one with the biggest technical score. 

  1. AWARD

ATIC will award the contract to one company considering the evaluation criteria described in the RFP. Only the offers of the qualified applicants will be considered.

  1. CONTRACT

The contract will be signed for 1 year with potential extension upon satisfactory performance with the services performed by the Contractor.

During contract implementation, ATIC reserves the right to request the Contractor change the assigned Senior and/or project accountants in case of dissatisfaction with their performance, for another specialists with similar or higher professional qualifications. The Contractor shall complete ATIC’s request regarding the change of staff within maximum 14 calendar days (by case).

  FORM A. Tender Application

To be filled in by an ATIC employee

Date of receipt of the offer by ATIC

Registration number

"______" ________________ 2021

No. _________

Full Name ____________________

signature ________________________

 

APPLICATION FOR PARTICIPATION IN TENDER

Having read the RFP#___________ for the Accounting services for ATIC general and project needs we, the undersigned, hereby offer the following services in accordance with the terms of the above RFP.

  1. GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE PARTICIPANT

1.

Legal name of the offeror:

 

2.

Legal address:

 

3.

Actual address:

 

4.

Date of state registration:

 

5.

Full name and position of the entity Head

 

6.

Phone number of the entity Head:

 

7.

Contact person:

 

8.

Contact person's phone number:

 

9.

Contact person's email address:

 

10.

Web Site:

 

11.

Bank details:

 

12.

Nature of business of the offeror according to the Certificate from the Unified State Register and / or the Charter of the legal entity:

 

 


By signing and submitting this application _________ [ name of the offeror] agrees to do the following if ATIC determines this offer to be successful:

  • not to make any changes to the offer and adhere to the terms of this offer for the period of its validity, which is 90 calendar days from the date of its submission. This offer can be accepted by ATIC at any time before the end of its validity period;
  • to sign a contract within 30 days from the date of acceptance of this offer with mandatory compliance with the provisions of the agreement;
  • to provide the necessary services in accordance with the terms of this offer;
  • to ensure the completeness and accuracy when executing this offer in the form, prices/tariffs and within the terms specified in this offer and RFP, in particular in the technical requirements for the subject of purchase.

By signing and submitting this Application, the offeror agrees to the following:

  • the offeror has read the RFP published by ATIC;
  • the offeror accepts all the requirements and conditions of the RFP
  • ATIC is not obligated to accept the best-priced offer or any of the offers received. Until the moment of signing the contract ATIC does not have any obligations towards the offerors or potential offerors;
  • ATIC reserves the right to reject offers of all offerors in case of non-compliance;
  • this offer and RFP are integral parts of the relevant contract for the purchase of services to be concluded between ATIC and the successful offeror;
  • participation of related persons in the tender or collusion of offerors is prohibited. If such facts have been discovered, the results of the tender will be canceled or the contract with the selected supplier will be terminated unilaterally before the deadline with the mandatory return of all assets received by such contractor under the contract and compensation for losses caused to ATIC;
  • to provide services only through one legal entity/individual and not to have the right to change the service provider during the term of the agreement. The exception is the reorganization of a legal entity / name change / merger.

We / I hereby confirm our legal, financial and other ability to fulfill the terms of this offer and RFP to enter into a contract for the supply of services and faithful representation of all information specified in the offer.

Authorized person to sign the offer on behalf of [name of the offeror] in accordance with the Charter:

Date:

 

Signatory’s Name:

 

Position:

 

Signatory:

 

 

  FORM B. Letter of Transmittal

The following cover letter must be placed on letterhead and completed/signed/stamped by a representative authorized to sign on behalf of the offeror, as part of the Technical Volume:

To:                        National Association of ICT Companies

                              9/11, Studentilor Str., Chisinau, Moldova

Tender reference No.:       RFP # _____________

We, the undersigned, hereby provide the attached offer to perform all work required to complete the activities and requirements as described in the above-referenced RFP. Please find our offer attached.

We hereby acknowledge and agree to all terms, conditions, special provisions, and instructions included in the above-referenced RFP. We further certify that the below-named firm—as well as the firm’s principal officers and all commodities and services offered in response to this RFP—are eligible to participate in this procurement under the terms of this solicitation.

Furthermore, we hereby certify that, to the best of our knowledge and belief:

  • We have no close, familial, or financial relationships with any ATIC or above-mentioned project staff members;
  • We have no close, familial, or financial relationships with any other offerors submitting proposals in response to the above-referenced RFP; and
  • The prices in our offer have been arrived at independently, without any consultation, communication, or agreement with any other offeror or competitor for the purpose of restricting competition.
  • All information in our proposal and all supporting documentation is authentic and accurate.
  • We understand and agree to ATIC’ prohibitions against fraud, bribery, and kickbacks.

We hereby certify that the enclosed representations, certifications, and other statements are accurate, current, and complete.

Authorized Signature:                                                                                                                            

Name and Title of Signatory:                                                                                                                 

Date:                                                                                                                                                        

Company Name:                                                                                                                                     

Company Address:                                                                                                                                                

Company Telephone and Website:                                                                                                                      

Company Registration or Taxpayer ID Number:                                                                                  

Does the company have an active bank account (Yes/No)?                                                               

Official name associated with bank account (for payment):                                                              

  FORM C. Certificate Of Independent Price Determination

Certificate of Independent Price Determination

 _________________________(hereinafter called the "offeror")

(Name of Offeror)

(a) The offeror certifies that—

(1) The prices in this offer have been arrived at independently, without, for the purpose of restricting competition, any consultation, communication, or agreement with any other offeror or competitor relating to— (i) Those prices;

(ii) The intention to submit an offer; or

(iii) The methods or factors used to calculate the prices offered.

(2) The prices in this offer have not been and will not be knowingly disclosed by the offeror, directly or indirectly, to any other offeror or competitor before bid opening (in the case of a sealed bid solicitation) or contract award (in the case of a negotiated solicitation) unless otherwise required by law; and

(3) No attempt has been made or will be made by the offeror to induce any other concern to submit or not to submit an offer for the purpose of restricting competition.

(b) Each signature on the offer is considered to be a certification by the signatory that the signatory—

(1) Is the person in the offeror’s organization responsible for determining the prices being offered in this bid or proposal, and that the signatory has not participated and will not participate in any action contrary to paragraphs (a)(1) through (a)(3) of this provision; or

(2)(i) Has been authorized, in writing, to act as agent for the following principals in certifying that those principals have not participated, and will not participate in any action contrary to paragraphs (a)(1) through (a)(3) of this provision ____________________ [insert full name of person(s) in the offeror’s organization responsible for determining the prices offered in this bid or proposal, and the title of his or her position in the offeror’s organization];

(ii) As an authorized agent, does certify that the principals named in subdivision (b)(2)(i) of this provision have not participated, and will not participate, in any action contrary to paragraphs (a)(1) through (a)(3) of this provision; and

(iii) As an agent, has not personally participated, and will not participate, in any action contrary to paragraphs (a)(1) through (a)(3) of this provision.

(c) If the offeror deletes or modifies paragraph (a)(2) of this provision, the offeror must furnish with its offer a signed statement setting forth in detail the circumstances of the disclosure.

Company Name:                                                                                                                                                    

By (Signature): ___________________ Title: _____________________

Printed Name: ____________________ Date: _____________________

  FORM D. Certification Regarding Responsibility Matters

CERTIFICATION REGARDING RESPONSIBILITY MATTERS

(a)    (1) The Offeror certifies, to the best of its knowledge and belief, that -

(i)  The Offeror and/or any of its Principals -

  • Are ☐, are not ☐, presently debarred, suspended, proposed for debarment, or declared ineligible for the award of contracts by any Federal agency/EU agency;
  • Have ☐, have not ☐, within a three-year period preceding this offer, been convicted of or had a civil judgment rendered against them for: commission of fraud or a criminal offense in connection with obtaining, attempting to obtain, or performing a public (Federal/EU, state, or local) contract or subcontract; violation of Federal/EU or state antitrust statutes relating to the submission of offers; or commission of embezzlement, theft, forgery, bribery, falsification or destruction of records, making false statements, tax evasion, violating Federal/EU criminal tax laws, or receiving stolen property;
  • Are ☐, are not ☐, presently indicted for, or otherwise criminally or civilly charged by a governmental entity with, commission of any of the offenses enumerated in paragraph (a)(1)(i)(B) of this provision;
  • Have ☐, have not ☐, within a three-year period preceding this offer, been notified of any delinquent Federal/EU taxes in an amount that exceeds $3,000 for which the liability remains unsatisfied.

(ii)  The Offeror has ☐ has not ☐, within a 3-year period preceding this offer, had one or more contracts terminated for default by any Federal/EU agency.

(2) “Principal,” for the purposes of this certification, means an officer, director, owner, partner, or a person having primary management or supervisory responsibilities within a business entity (e.g., general manager; plant manager; head of a subsidiary, division, or business segment; and similar positions).   This certification concerns a matter within the jurisdiction of an agency of the United States[1]/Republic of Moldova and the making of a false, fictitious, or fraudulent certification may render the maker subject to prosecution under Section 1001, Title 18, US Code/ local legislation.

(b) The Offeror shall provide immediate written notice to ATIC if, at any time prior to contract award, the Offeror learns that its certification was erroneous when submitted or has become erroneous by reason of changed circumstances.

  1. c) A certification that any of the items in paragraph (a) of this provision exists will not necessarily result in withholding of an award under this solicitation. However, the certification will be considered in connection with a determination of the Offeror’s responsibility. Failure of the Offeror to furnish a certification or provide such additional information as requested by ATIC may render the Offeror nonresponsible.

(d) Nothing contained in the foregoing shall be construed to require establishment of a system of records in order to render, in good faith, the certification required by paragraph (a) of this provision. The knowledge and information of an Offeror is not required to exceed that which is normally possessed by a prudent person in the ordinary course of business dealings.

(e) The certification in paragraph (a) of this provision is a material representation of fact upon which reliance was placed when making award. If it is later determined that the Offeror knowingly rendered an erroneous certification, in addition to other remedies available ATIC, ATIC may terminate the contract resulting from this solicitation for default.

Company Name:                                                                                                                                                                                                         

By (Signature): ___________________ Title: _____________________

Printed Name: ____________________ Date: _____________________

  FORM E. Evidence Of Responsibility Statement

Evidence of Responsibility Statement

This statement describes the offeror’s internal policies and procedures, as well as its ability to comply with the terms and conditions of a potential subcontract resulting from RFP No.________.  The offeror shall complete the information in this statement as part of its proposal.

Company Name:                                                                                                      

  1. Authorized Negotiators

The offeror’s proposal in response to RFP No. may be discussed with any of the following individuals. These individuals are authorized to represent our company in negotiation of this proposal.

Names of authorized negotiator(s):                                                                                                                            

These individuals can be reached at the following office:

Address:                                                                                                                                          

Telephone/Email:                                                                                                    

  1. Adequate Financial Resources

We hereby certify that the above-named company maintains adequate financial resources to manage any subcontract resulting from this offer.

  1. Ability to Comply

We certify we are able to comply with the proposed schedule and period of performance, having taken into consideration all existing business commitments, commercial as well as governmental.

  1. Record of Performance, Integrity, and Business Ethics

Our record of integrity is outstanding.  We have no allegations of lack of integrity or of questionable business ethics. Our integrity can be confirmed by our Past Performance References, contained in the Technical Volume.

  1. Organization, Experience, Accounting and Operational Controls, and Technical Skills

Describe how the subcontract will be managed:                                                                                                                                                             

  1. Equipment and Facilities

We maintain the necessary facilities and equipment to carry out the subcontract.

  1. Eligibility to Receive Award

We are qualified and eligible to receive an award under applicable laws and regulation.  In addition, we have performed similar work – describe:                                                                                                                                                                    

  1. Acceptability of Subcontract Terms and Conditions

We have reviewed the solicitation document and attachments and agree to the terms and conditions set forth therein.

I hereby certify that the above statements are true and accurate, to the best of my knowledge.

Company Name:                                                                                                                                                                 

By (Signature): ___________________ Title: _____________________

Printed Name: ____________________ Date: _____________________

 

FORM F. FINANCIAL OFFER

The following cover letter must be placed on letterhead and completed/signed/stamped by a representative authorized to sign on behalf of the offeror

 

FINANCIAL OFFER for RFP #....

  1. Financial Offer per Deliverable:

#

Deliverables

Q-ty

PROPOSED

DELIVERY DATE

FINANCIAL OFFER,

MDL (VAT 0%)

1

Full accounting services performed: 

·   Payment documentation accurately and timely prepared -on a daily basis

·   Salary payment sheets accurately and timely prepared

·   Accounting records kept up-to-date 

·   Other financial related reports and documentation as per local accounting standards and NGO requirements. 

·    

·   Inputs related to the adjustments needed for the “1C” accounting software in order to fit the project needs (specific for USAID/EU donor reporting) and communication with the technical support and maintenance company.

12 months

Monthly, by the 10th date of each following month

 

2.

Other relevant deliverables (please specify)

12 months

   
 

TOTAL Offer for services

     

 

  1. Financial Offer per Types of Costs:

 

2.1. Professional fees:

#

First Name, Last Name

Role/title

Fee/month *, MDL

(VAT Exclusive)

Quantity

Total Amount, MDL
(VAT Exclusive)

 

 

1.

 

Senior accountant

 

12

   

2.

 

Project Accountant #1

 

12

   

3.

 

Project Accountant #2

 

12

   

4.

         

 

Total Professional Fees

 
               

* Fee should be all inclusive (gross, including benefits and taxes).

2.2 . Other Costs

 

 Description

Measurement unit

Unit Price, MDL

(VAT Exclusive)

Quantity

Total Amount, MDL

(VAT Exclusive)

1.

Administrative costs

month

 

12

 

2.

Server costs (for “1C”)

month

 

12

 

3.

       

Other Costs: (please specify)

       

 

Total Other Costs

 

 

Accounting Services per types of Costs 

Measurement unit

Unit Price, MDL

(VAT Exclusive)

Quantity

Total Amount, MDL

(VAT Exclusive)

 

2.1. Professional Fees + 2.2. Other Costs

month

 

12

 
 

TOTAL Financial Offer

     

 

               

Financial Offer per Deliverable = Financial Offer per Types of Costs (Professional Fees + Other Costs)

The financial offer is valid for 90 calendar days from the RfP deadline.

Authorized Signature:                                                                                                                            

Name and Title of Signatory:                                                                                                                 

Date:                                                                                                                                                        

Company Name:                                                                                                                                     

[1] Applicable for USAID financed LOTs



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