FEDERAL MINISTRY OF FINANCE, BUDGET & NATIONAL PLANNING
(FINANCE HEADQUARTERS)
CENTRAL BUSINESS AREA, AHMADU BELLO WAY, P.M.B. 14, GARKI, ABUJA
REQUEST FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST
BASIC HEALTHCARE PROVISION FUND PROJECT (HUWE PROJECT)
(PROJECT ID: PI 63969)
ASSIGNMENT TITLE: ENGAGEMENT OF INDEPENDENT VERIFICATION AGENT (IVA) TO SUPPORT THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE BASIC HEALTH CARE PROVISION FUND (BHCPF)
REFERENCE NUMBER: FMF/BHCPF PROJECT/REOI/001 /2019

INTRODUCTION:
The NHAct was approved by the National Assembly in 2014, signed into law by the President and gazetted in 2014. The Art provides for the establishment of the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund (BHCPF) as the vehicle for providing a Basic Minimum Package of Health Services (BMPHS) for all Nigerians. The Fund as stipulated in the Act shall be financed by contributions from the following sources -1) the Federal Government annual grant of not less than 1% Consolidated Revenue Fund, (2) Grants received from donor agencies, (3) and funds from other sources. The An stipulates that 50% of the Fund shall be implemented through the NHI5 gateway whilst 45% shall be implemented through the NPHCDA gateway and the remaining 5% for the provision of emergency services through the emergency medical treatment (EMT) and NCDC gateways.

As part of implementation of the BHCPF the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) has received a grant from the World Bank/Global Financing Facility (GFF) and partners including Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. To assure transparency and accountability in the use of funds, the framework for the implementation of the BHCPF assigned the responsibility of procuring and managing the roles of the Independent Verification Agent(s) (IVA) to the Federal Ministry of Finance (FMF), The Independent verification Agents (lVAs) to be recruited and managed by the FMF will ensure a sensible separation of functions in keeping with global best practices. The FMF intends to use part of the grant financing to engage IVA(s) to undertake services listed out in the scope of services.
The role of the IVA is complementary to the other institutional quality assurance (QA) and governance mechanisms in the implementation of the BHCPF including – the statutory review and QA functions embedded in the SSHIAs. SPHCDAs at the state level; NHIS and NPHCDA at the Federal level, the role of the secretariat of the National Steering Committee in Performance Management at the National level and the engagement of an external auditor by the Office of the Auditor General of the Federation.

OBJECTIVES:
The IVAs will independently assess the extent to which the BHCPF is being implemented awarding to the BHCPF Operational Manual (OM), The IVAs will carry out and coordinate ex-post verification of the quantity and quality of services financed by the BHCPF and delivered to beneficiaries through participating public and private health providers. Specifically, the IVA(s) will deliver services as defined in the scope of services.

SCOPE OF SERVICES:
The scope of services for the IVA(s) includes the following
(i) Ex-post verification of the quality of care, quality and reliability of the system of supervision by LGA and SPHCDA staff in 10% random sample of public facilities receiving funds under the NPHCDA gateway. This will use the standard quantitative supervisory quality checklist (QSQC) deployed by the BHCPF;
(ii) Ex-post quantity verification of services delivered under the NHIS gateway through accredited public and private providers by the following approaches;
(a) Review of 10% claims data, at least on quarterly basis to look for suspicious activities and outliers
(b) Ex-post verification of the quantity of services on a quarterly basis using the community client satisfaction survey (CCSS) techniques employed under NSHIP and according to the OM.
(iii) Verification of services delivered under the Emergency gateway.
(iv) Process Verification: The IVA(s) will take advantage of visits for quality and quantity verification to assess whether the processes in the BHCPF OM are actually being implemented. This will include; (I) whether the Health Facility Management Committee (HFMC) has been established and is working properly; (ii) if financial management practices are being implemented; (iii) whether other contractual obligations of facilities (such as signs and registration of beneficiaries) are being adhered to. Assessing whether the processes described in the BHCPF OM are being implemented at state and facility levels.
(v) Reporting: The IVA(s) will be responsible for sharing the collected information with the secretariat of the National Steering Committee and the States. The IVA(s) will carry out the data collection, analysis, and report writing in response to the above scope of wonk. The IVA will be responsible for transiting the report to the National Steering Committee. The reports will
(a) Analyze the differences between the ex-post quantity verification and the claims submitted by the facility. The IVA will be determined if there are substantial differences by facility, LGA and bu indicator; (b) determine if there are/have been additional user-charges levied on patients ( c) suggest sanctions in keeping with the OM; etc
(vi) The IVA (s) will support the data collation efforts for the successful implementation of the impact Evaluation of the BHCPF. All successful IVAs will be further evaluated for capacity to lead on the implementation of the impact Evaluation to be jointly financed by the WB/FGN
(vii) Carry put such tasks as the NSC of the BHCPF reasonably requests to facilitate the successful implementation in the participation states.

LOCATION AND DURATION OF SERVICES: Six (6) successful firms/organisations will be contracted to cover the six (6) geo-political zones. They will provide the services in all 36 + 1 States, which are currently covered by the BHCPF. It is expected that the contract will have an initial duration of two years subject to annual renewal based on satisfactory performance. All successful IVAs will be further assessed for capabilities to implement an Impact Evaluation. The location for the IVA services is as listed below. All firms must indicate the lots they are applying for.

LOT 1: North East
LOT2: South East.
LOT3: North West
LOT 4: South South.
LOT5: South West
LOT 6: North CentraI.

SUBMISSION OF EXPRESSION-OF-INTERE5T (EOIs) DOCUMENTS:
The Federal Ministry of Finance now invites eligible consulting firms (“Consultants”) to indicate their interest in providing the Services. Interested Consultants should provide information demonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevant experience to perform the Services. The Short listing criteria are:
(i) Evidence of legal status of the firm (Certificate of Incorporation/ registration);
(ii) Profile of firm including ownership structure with full contact details;
(iii) Evidence of standard financial management practice including company Income Tax Clearance Certificate (TCC) for the past (3) years (2016, 2017 and 2018), valid till 31st December 2019;
(iv) Capability profile of the firm (Track Records); including details of the experience in similar assignment (a good track record of working as an IVA will be useful);
(v) Technical and Managerial Capability of the firm (Key personnel);
(vi) Experience of working in a similar Geographic region;
(vii) All bidders to note that the Federal Ministry of Finance will implement Executive Order 03 (EO-003. 2017) (Preference for local Content).

Consultants may associate with other firms to enhance their qualifications but should indicate clearly whether the association is in the form of a joint venture and/or a sub-consultant. In the case of a joint venture, all the partners on the joint venture shall be jointly be severally liable for the entire contract if selected.

A consultant will be selected in accordance with the CQS method and procedures set out in the world Bank’s Procurement Regulations for IPF Borrowers (July 2016, revised ij November 2017 and August 2018). Also, the attention of interested Consultants is drawn to Section III, paragraphs, 3.14, 3.16 and 3.17 of the World Bank’s ‘Procurement Regulations for Investment Project Financing IPF) Borrowers” (July 2016, revised in November 2017 and August 2018) Setting forth the World Bank’s policy on conflict of interest.

CONFLICT OF INTEREST:

As the role of the IVA is one that bothers on accountability and quality assurance it will be clearly stated to potential bidders that they cannot be part of other implementation arrangements of the BHCPF, for instance technical support to states or any of the implementation agencies.

SUBMISSION OF BIDS:

Interested firms are to submit ten (10) bound copies of Expression-of-lnterest (EOI) documents which should be submitted in a sealed envelope to the address below. Each envelope should be clearly marked with ‘Engagement of IVA’ and the Lot clearly stated. The reverse side of each sealed envelope should have the name and address of the bidder and should be submitted not later than 12:00 noon on Tuesday, January 21, 2019.

Information can be obtained at the address below during office hours from 10.00am to 16.00pm, Mondays to Fridays, excluding public holidays:

Basic Healthcare Provision Fund (BHCPF)- IVA Desk
International Economic Relations Department
Room 203, 2nd Floor Phase II Building.
Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget & National Planning
(Finance Headquarters), Ahmadu Bello Way, Abuja

SIGNED
BASIC HEALTHCARE PROVISION FUND (BHCPF) – IVA DESK
MANAGEMENT