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Request for Proposals: Audit and Tax Services

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Request for Proposals Audit and Tax Services

Introduction

The Syria Justice and Accountability Centre (SJAC) is soliciting proposals from firms to provide audit and tax services for up to a five-year period. This request for proposal contains background information on SJAC and specific information that must be included in the proposals submitted. SJAC will consider fixed price, time basis, or combination contract.

The proposals must be submitted by no later than 5:00 PM, Oct 31st, through electronic submission to [email protected]. Any questions or requests for clarifications may be submitted to the same email address. If in the interest of best competition, SJAC may accept late proposals after the application deadline.

About SJAC

SJAC is a 501(c)3 organization based in Washington, DC. The mission of SJAC is to promote justice and accountability in Syria by ensuring that human rights violations are comprehensively documented, and that documentation data is securely preserved, catalogued, and analyzed to advance transitional justice and peace-building. SJAC was founded as in independent organization in 2017 when it separated from a larger parent organization.

SJAC requires a federal single audit for 2022 and subsequent years. As such, SJAC prefers an auditor who is qualified to conduct the a single audit under OMB Super Circular as well as according to the International Standards on Auditing (ISA) (as required by European donors).

Request for Services

SJAC is seeking the following services

  • Preparation of its yearly audited financial statement for the fiscal year, January – December 2022 in accordance with international auditing standards of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC).
  • Management letter.
  • Meeting with SJAC management and presentation to SJAC Board of Directors
  • Preparation of IRS form 990
  • Federal Single Audit for 2022 and future fiscal years.

All of the above required services must be completed within 60 days of the end of SJAC’s fiscal year (December 31).

Proposal Instructions

All proposals must include:

a) Evidence of the firm’s qualifications to provide the above services;

b) Background and experience in auditing nonprofit clients;

c) The size and organizational structure of the auditor’s firm;

d) Statement of the firm’s understanding of work to be performed, including tax and non-audit services;

e) A proposed timeline for fieldwork and final reporting;

f) Proposed fee structure for the 2022 fiscal year proposal period (required.) Include any guarantees regarding increased fees for future years and the maximum fee that would be charged;

g) Description of the range of consulting services you can offer SJAC without affecting your independence that could help SJAC improve its financial and compliance performance. Describe your billing rates and procedures for technical/consulting questions that may come up during the year, or whether these occasional services are covered in the proposed fee structure;

h) Engagement team assigned, including the names and biographies of the partner, audit manager, and field staff;

i) A copy of your firm’s most recent peer review report, the related letter of comments, and the firm’s response to the letter of comments; and

j) References and contact information from at least three comparable nonprofit audit clients.

Selection Criteria

Proposals will be evaluated based on the criteria below and finalists will be selected to be interviewed:

a) Qualifications to meet the audit requirements of SJAC’s European donor(s) and conduct a single audit in accordance with OMB Uniform Guidance.

b) Described approach for fulfilling the FY2022 audited statement requirements

c) Demonstrated ability to provide the services requested in a timely manner

d) Reputation within nonprofit community and experience with similar clients

e) Quality of clear communications demonstrated through the proposal and in-person interview.

f) Proposed cost structure and overall cost.

Additional Information

Applicants interested in applying can submit a CV and short request to [email protected], and SJAC will provide the following documents, to support writing a proposal. SJAC will provide these documents to applicants that meet the basic criteria, including having experience conducting single audits in accordance with OMB Uniform Guidance.

  • A. Terms of Reference for the external audit of project accounts at the contract partner’s head office
  • B. SJAC’s Organizational Chart
  • C. Chart of Account
  • D. Copy of SJAC audits for the past 3 years.

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Internship

The Syria Justice and Accountability Centre (SJAC) is looking for a motivated intern with an interest in transitional justice and the conflict in Syria. SJAC accepts applications from current undergraduate, graduate and law students, as well as recent graduates. Interns are responsible for communicating SJAC’s message to Syrians and the international community as well as supporting SJAC’s analysis and research. They are encouraged to pursue their own research, as long as it contributes to SJAC’s mission to prevent impunity, promote redress for victims, and facilitate principled institutional reform in Syria’s post-conflict period.

SJAC offers internships for the fall, spring, and summer semesters.

Tasks of an SJAC intern include:

  • Maintain SJAC’s social media accounts and promoting new analysis and events
  • Design relevant communications materials, including infographics and factsheets
  • Assist in maintaining the SJAC website, including updating the Transitional Justice Library
  • Provide research support for SJAC articles and reports
  • Write blog posts on issues related to Syria and transitional justice
  • Assist in editing SJAC reports
  • Create administrative materials such as spreadsheets, media trackers, polls, etc
  • Other duties as assigned

Strong English proficiency is required. Arabic proficiency is preferred, but not required. Knowledge of WordPress, MailChimp, Google Analytics, Excel, and Adobe Suites is strongly desired. Interns must be able to work from the SJAC office in Washington, DC and are paid at the rate of $16.10/hour. Internships are typically 15 hours per week.

To apply:

Please send an email to hiring(at)syriaaccountability.org with your resume, a cover letter, three professional or academic references, and a writing sample not to exceed 800 words. The writing sample should be an example blog post that demonstrates your knowledge of transitional justice and the Syrian conflict. Please see SJAC’s website for recent examples. In the subject line of your email and in your cover letter, please be sure to include the term for which you are applying [Fall, Spring, Summer].

Number of Positions: 1

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE

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Job Types: Part-time, Internship

Job Type: Internship

Salary: $16.10 per hour

Work Location: One location

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