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Provision of External Audit of Environmental and Social Management System- Social Section.

Expression of Interest for Provision of External Audit of Environmental and Social Management System- Social Section.

Objective and Purpose of the AssignmentNCRPB has adopted Environmental and Social Management System (ESMS) for all infrastructure projects under its financial assistance w.e.f. April 2010. Implementation of these projects as per ESMS is

critical for improvement of social safeguards. To ensure that the NCRPB s ESMS is established, maintained and is effective in ensuring project-level social safeguard implementation, one person

external independent auditor will be hired. The external auditor will conduct three audits i) for the period from inception of ESMS in NCRPB in April 2010 to March 2014, ii) for the period April 2014 to March 2015 and iii) for the period April 2015 to March 2016.

The objective is to obtain an external independent audit perspective on NCRPB s ESMS in terms of its internal functioning and also in rendering effectiveness in implementation of social safeguard in the

projects financed by NCRPB.

Scope of Work

The auditor will do an independent evaluation of the social safeguard practices of the NCRPB and the

projects funded by it including those under ADB, KFW line of credit.

The following will be the scope of work:

a) To develop a broad audit program that will include an audit objective, scope, methodology and

schedule and prepare an audit checklist that will cover meetings in NCRPB meetings with the implementing agencies and field visits.

b) To conduct the audit as per the audit plan. This audit will necessarily check whether the procedures as stipulated in the ESMS have been followed, their effectiveness and how proper social safeguards are practiced in the projects financed.

c) The external auditor will conduct detailed audit of about 15 sub projects (for the period April 2010 to March 2016) comprising of direct NCRPB funding and ADB, KFW line of credit funding. The sub

projects shall be decided in consultation with NCRPB and shall include subprojects with significant resettlement

impacts. It should take into account recommendation of ADB in the review of Social Monitoring Reports.

d) Assess the NCRPB s and implementing agencies ability to manage and address all relevant social risks and impacts of its business and operations, in particular, the issues identified in donor s social

safeguard requirements;

e) Assess the client%s compliance record with applicable laws and regulations of the jurisdictions in which the project operates, pertaining to social matters, including those laws implementing host country obligations under international law;

f) Assess the implementation of grievance redressal mechanism (GRM) at NCRPB and IAs in terms of its effectiveness.

g) Identify the NCRPB and its project proponent s main stakeholder groups and assess current stakeholder engagement activities.h) ESMS auditor will submit an audit report to NCRPB and after discussions will mutually agre

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