ISSUE DATE: December 18, 2019
SUBMISSION DATE: January 17, 2020

Summary
Women’s World Banking, Inc. is a global NGO which has worked for many years to advance women’s financial inclusion in India, primarily using a team of U.S.-based consultants to deliver projects via a “fly in, fly out” model. To advance its impact and grow its presence in India, Women’s World Banking, Inc. is now forming an Indian Limited Liability Partnership (the “Organization”) to lead its operations in the country. This Organization will carry out activities in India on Women’s World Banking, Inc.’s behalf to advance women’s financial inclusion and economic empowerment, supported by a team of local employees (currently comprising 5 staff members). The Organization is expected to become fully operational in January 2020.

In anticipation of the Organization’s formation, Women’s World Banking, Inc. seeks a firm to provide audit and tax services (the “Auditor”) for the Organization in accordance with Indian law and generally accepted accounting standards.

ABOUT WOMEN’S WORLD BANKING
Women’s World Banking is the global leader in women’s financial inclusion. Rooted in our deep understanding of the women’s market, we tackle financial inclusion in three interconnected ways: first, by partnering with financial services providers to develop scalable market-driven solutions; second, through our gender-lens private equity fund; and, finally, because diverse institutions are proven to be stronger, we build institutional capacity through leadership and diversity programs. Through this holistic approach and our global reach of 49 institutions in 32 countries, we accelerate economic opportunity for low-income women and growth for financial service providers in the emerging markets.

Objectives and Responsibilities:

Audit

  1. Ensure the financial statements of the Organization fairly present its financial position and the results of its financial operations in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.
  2. Provide guidance to ensure that the Organization has an internal control structure and other control systems to provide reasonable assurance that it is managing funds in compliance with applicable laws and regulations that may have a material impact on these financial statements.
  3. Provide guidance to help ensure that the Organization has complied with applicable laws, regulations, and contracts that may have a material impact on the Organization’s financial statements.
  4. Provide guidance to help the Organization establish and adhere to an appropriate system for the establishment of service contracts with Women’s World Banking, Inc., and for the procurement, award, and oversight of contracts with sub-contractors, which contain acceptable standards for ensuring accountability.
  5. The auditor shall prepare the final audit reports, including but not limited to, Statement of Financial Position, Statement of Activities, and Statement of Cash Flow, along with any other required notes and schedules.
  6. The Auditor shall deliver a presentation to the Organization’s partners at the conclusion of the audit.
  7. The Auditor shall ensure the engagement meets all terms and requirements necessary to comply with the India Accounting Standards, provisions set forth by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India, and/or any other relevant authority within India.
  8. Prepare a reconciliation to U.S. GAAP standards, as necessary/requested, on a calendar year basis.
  9. Prepare any statutory audit requirements that may be necessary under the Income Tax Act

Tax

  1. Provide tax advisory services as necessary

Duration of Consultancy
The initial engagement will be for three years, ending in Q1 2022. At the end of this period, the Organization will consider extending the engagement or releasing a new RFP.

Location of Work
India

TO APPLY
Please submit your application, including but not limited to the following components, by Friday, January 17, 2020 at 11:59 PM EST at the latest:

  • Cover letter, including the below information:
    • Income Tax PAN No. of the Firm
    • GST Registration No. of the Firm
    • Turnover of the Firm/ LLP in 2017-2018
  • Organizational capacity and experience
  • Team structure and organization of work
  • Fee and budget breakdown
  • Details of relevant experience
  • 3 references

Please also indicate the below within your application:

  1. Please provide experiences auditing other LLPs in India.
  2. Please provide experiences in advising US organizations doing business in India, and reconciling Indian financial statements with U.S. GAAP standards.
  3. Please provide experiences in advising on any similar matters.
  4. Has the Firm/LLP or any present partner of the Firm / LLP faced any penalty or prosecution before any statutory authority, court, tribunal, disciplinary committee etc., whether connected with professional service or otherwise? If so, provide details.

Apply Now!

Applicants may submit their question(s) in writing until January 16, 2020 to tn@womensworldbanking.org.  Please include in the e-mail subject line “RFP: Procurement of Audit and Tax Services for Limited Liability Partnership in India.”

This RFQ does not guarantee or commit Women’s World Banking to proceeding with the above described work. Due to overwhelming response, not all candidates will be contacted.

Women’s World Banking is an equal employment opportunity for all regardless of race, color, citizenship, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, veteran or reservist status or any other category protected by federal, state or local law.

 Women’s World Banking will be unable to contract with any individual who is US citizen or resident without an LLC or LP or similar structure.