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Thursday, 11 July 2019

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Departmental Contracts Data

Photo of Niall CollinsNiall Collins (Limerick County, Fianna Fail)
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129. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the expenditure incurred since May 2016 and to date in 2019 on external consultant reports by report in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30664/19]

Photo of Simon CoveneySimon Coveney (Cork South Central, Fine Gael)
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The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is responsible for two votes - Vote 28 (Foreign Affairs and Trade) and Vote 27 (International Cooperation).

The Department commissions external expertise where highly specialised skills are not available internally and in particular where ongoing independent evaluation of programmes and projects is required. During the course of their engagement, these consultants and experts may prepare reports and other documentation for the Department.

In-depth analysis of issues by external experts has informed, and continues to inform, the Department’s policies, allowing for a more targeted use of resources and greater accountability in the allocation of budgets.

These services are procured by open competitive tendering processes in accordance with EU and national rules and comply with the overall value for money objectives.

A small number of consultancies are engaged directly by our Missions abroad from time to time and in some instances they prepare technical reports relating to Ireland’s overseas development aid programme.

The following expenditure was incurred by my Department from 2016 to date in 2019: 

Year of commissionExperts/ConsultantsReport/SubjectCost
2016Right to ChangePlanning of Irish Aid Country Strategy Programme Tanzania 2017-2022€13,974
2016Bronagh Hinds

Debbie Donnelly
Midterm Review of the 2nd National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security

2016The Institute of International and European AffairsComprehensive study mapping that Ireland Japan relationship to mark the 60th anniversary of Ireland-Japan Diplomatic Relations in 2017€22,000
2016Grant ThorntonAudit Services€100,000
2016Emily MatesStocktake of Nutrition Engagement€13,612
2016Noel CasserlyUNFCC Reporting and Climate Finance Mapping 2015-2016€25,370
2016REEV Consult InternationalEvaluation of the CSF and the Partnership Fund€25,000
2016ASMAudit of grants awarded under Emigrant Support Programme€26,533
2016Emmanuel SulleLand Rights Scoping Study / Consultancy€7,500
2016Ishihaka MwandalimaGender Based Violence scoping study€3,750
2016McQuillansAccounting, Audit and Financial Services€6,240
2016PWCInternal audit of Embassy, and external audit of selected projects/programmes€75,000
2016Dr Cornelius ChipomaReview of the Irish Aid Zambia Education programme€9,000
2016Luiz Genedio Mendes JorgeReview of the Supreme Audit Institution’s report and opinion on the State Accounts 2014€4,800
2016Southern Cross ConsultingReview of Embassy of Ireland’s approach to Fellowship in Tanzania€11,430
2016Willis Towers WatsonStudy of Compensation Levels - Locally engaged staff in diplomatic missions (USA)€3,150
2016Mercer InternationalStudy of Compensation Levels - Locally engaged staff in diplomatic missions (Irish Aid)€13,200
2016Eamon Brehony, Alais Nakuyukuyo MorindatReview of Irish Aid support to Pastoralism in Tanzania€10,450
2016Centre for Law and DemocracyAnalysis of anti-corruption legislation in Tanzania€2,670
2016CASE InternationalConsultancy to evaluate the Civil Society Fund€49,800
2016Ingrid OberyReview of partner results and internal capacity building on results based Management€25,000
2016 Anne Nolan/Janet GruberReview of Global Health and HIV AIDS€39,535
2016TechnopolisReview of Product Development partners€19,375
2016Caoimhe HughesReview of Annual Reports of Programme Grant Partners€4,000
2016Mr. Sean Mc Gearty Review of Co-Operation Ireland€14,188
2016M Horizon (UK) LtdAnalysis of recent recommendations issued by the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf€1,788
2017ASMAudit of grants awarded under Emigrant Support Programme€59,292

(paid between 2017 & 2018)
2017Tierney & Associates, Risk & Governance ConsultantsSystems review of Emigrant Support Programme€15,375
2017Indecon ConsultantsEconomic Report on Addressing the Challenges Faced by Returning Irish Emigrants€73,628

(paid between 2017 & 2018)
2017Ernst & Young (EY)External Quality Assessment of Internal Audit€18,450 (paid between 2018 & 2019)
2017Amárach ResearchBrexit Research: Understanding the likely demand for Irish passports from citizens in U.K€21,000
2017M Horizon (UK) LtdContinental Shelf NE Atlantic €3,163
2017Mary Brady Overview of Humanitarian Mine Action€4,500
2017 Noel CasserlyUNFCCC Reporting and Climate Financing Mapping 2016 – 2017€25,537
2017Rachael Twinem Internal review of the management structure and roles in the DICE (Development and Intercultural Education) project€5,721
2017Mercer InternationalStudy of Compensation Levels - Locally engaged staff in diplomatic missions (Irish Aid)€19,188
2018FitzPatrick AssociatesReview of VIBE programme€11,234
2018FitzPatrick AssociatesReview of ROR’s approach to Fellowships in Palestine€18,761
2018MEPS ConsultingFeasibility Study on Gaza Solar Energy Proposal€38,787
2018Brian CaseyReview of the Humanitarian Programme Plan in Somalia€9,591
2018Brian CaseyReview of the Humanitarian Programme Plan in Burundi€4,500
2018Brian CaseyReview of External Quality Assurance HPP 2019-2021€2,250
2018Julia LewisReview of the Humanitarian Programme Plan in Cameroon€9,383
2018Niall RocheReview of the Humanitarian Programme Plan in Tanzania€8,548
2018Sherry McLeanReview of IRC Strategic Partnership and IRC Kenya Country Programme€13,925
2018Mercer InternationalStudy of Compensation Levels - Locally engaged staff in diplomatic missions (Foreign Affairs and Trade)€38,376
2018The Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces / International Security Sector Advisory TeamMember States’ Systems of Secondment to Civilian CSDP and Recommendations for Strengthening and Expanding Ireland’s Participation.€50,000 approx.

(awaiting final invoice)
2018Leading EdgeGiving effect to a commitment in the National Plan on Business and Human Rights, a tender was awarded to Leading Edge for the baseline assessment of the legislative and regulatory framework pertaining to business and human rights as it applies in Ireland.€24,293

ASM (B) Ltd
Audit of Grants awarded under the Emigrant Support Programme 

2018National Centre for Research on Europe at the University of CanterburyUndertake a benchmark analysis of how Ireland is perceived in New Zealand. The study is led by the National Centre for Research on Europe at the University of Canterbury and will take the form of surveys, media analysis and interviews with key stakeholders in New Zealand.€13,500
2018AECOMExternal Services for the analysis of Rio Markers and Climate Finance in Irish Aid - Funded Programmes, 2017 to 2018€3,000
2018Deirdre ClancyIreland's engagement with Somalia€11,782
2018MazarsSupport to ICT Audit (ICT Security, ICT Governance, Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery)€15,990 (paid in 2019)
2019Red CPerceptions of Ireland in Japan€11,624 (co-funded with Tourism Ireland)
2019Dr. Maria GalloScoping research study on alumni engagement of Ireland's Diaspora.€23,000 
2019Brian CaseyReview of the Emergency Response Fund€11,850


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