Data Analytics Consultancy for the Northern Ireland Audit Office

Data Analytics Consultancy for the Northern Ireland Audit Office

The NIAO wishes to appoint a consultant, with knowledge and expertise in the application of data analytics, to provide consultancy support between January and March 2018.

United Kingdom-Belfast: General management consultancy services

2017/S 230-479560

Contract notice


Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Northern Ireland Audit Office
106 University Street
United Kingdom
Contact person: The Procurement Manager
NUTS code: UKNInternet address(es):Main address:
I.2)Joint procurement


The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at:
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted to the abovementioned address

I.4)Type of the contracting authority

Body governed by public law

I.5)Main activity

General public services

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement


Data Analytics Consultancy for the Northern Ireland Audit Office.

II.1.2)Main CPV code


II.1.3)Type of contract


II.1.4)Short description:


The NIAO wishes to appoint a consultant, with knowledge and expertise in the application of data analytics, to provide consultancy support between January and March 2018. The consultant will be required to take a lead role in researching and making recommendations on the options available to apply data analytics in the audit work of NIAO; liaise with key stakeholders including the other public audit agencies (Wales Audit Office, Audit Scotland and National Audit Office) and service providers (including Account NI); contribute to the procurement of new data analytics software and undertake other duties relevant to the assignment. In doing this, the consultant will be expected to work alongside the NIAO technical team.

II.1.5)Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 60 000.00 GBP

II.1.6)Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: no
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKN
Main site or place of performance:

Northern Ireland.

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The successful tenderer, appointed as a Data Analytics consultant, will report to the C&AG and to persons delegated by him. The consultant will be required to:

— Research and evaluate options and make recommendations to enhance and further develop the use of data analytics in:

— The completion of financial audit work with a view to improving efficiencies in the delivery of the audits and adding value to the audit findings.

— Public reporting with a view to developing a robust approach for undertaking investigations and enhancing the presentation of findings in published material through the use of a range of info-graphics.

— Liaise with key stakeholders including other public audit agencies (Wales Audit Office, Audit Scotland and National Audit Office) and service providers (including Account NI).

— Contribute to the process of considering new data analytics software.

— Provide a draft report, within the initial contract period, for discussion with the C&AG or his delegated representative which includes recommendations for the future use of data analytics in NIAO’s audit work.

— Undertake other duties relevant to the assignment.

The primary aim of this assignment is to identify the role that data analytics can play in enhancing audit quality and efficiency. The successful tenderer will be expected to demonstrate sufficient experience and expertise in this area to undertake this role.

NIAO will have ownership and control over all information produced during the course of the contract.

II.2.5)Award criteria

Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents

II.2.6)Estimated value

Value excluding VAT: 60 000.00 GBP

II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system

Duration in months: 3
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

There is a potential extension of the work for a further period in 2018-19. Any decision to extend the contract into 2018-19 would be at the discretion of the NIAO and subject to agreement with the successful tenderer.

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: no
II.2.12)Information about electronic catalogues

II.2.13)Information about European Union funds

The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
II.2.14)Additional information

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions for participation
III.1.1)Suitability to pursue the professional activity, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers

III.1.2)Economic and financial standing

Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents

III.1.3)Technical and professional ability

Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents
III.1.5)Information about reserved contracts
III.2)Conditions related to the contract

III.2.1)Information about a particular profession

Execution of the service is reserved to a particular profession
III.2.2)Contract performance conditions:

III.2.3)Information about staff responsible for the performance of the contract

Obligation to indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff assigned to performing the contract

Section IV: Procedure


IV.1.1)Type of procedure

Open procedure
Accelerated procedure

We require a prompt turnaround on this competition to ensure that the consultant has adequate time to complete an initial assessment prior to the end of the financial year. This will inform what work (if any) is required in subsequent years.

IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system
IV.1.4)Information about reduction of the number of solutions or tenders during negotiation or dialogue
IV.1.6)Information about electronic auction

IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: no
IV.2)Administrative information
IV.2.1)Previous publication concerning this procedure

IV.2.2)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

Date: 13/12/2017
Local time: 13:00
IV.2.3)Estimated date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

IV.2.4)Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted:


IV.2.6)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender

Duration in months: 3 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)

IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 13/12/2017
Local time: 14:00

Northern Ireland Audit Office, 106 University Street, Belfast, BT7 1EU.

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: no

VI.2)Information about electronic workflows

Electronic payment will be used
VI.3)Additional information:
VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

Northern Ireland Audit Office
United Kingdom
VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures
VI.4.3)Review procedure
VI.4.4)Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:



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