About the Project - Improving the livelihoods of vulnerable women and youth around the Senegambia Bridge


The two-year project is funded by the United Nations Human Security Trust Fund. It will support communities and people around the Senegambia bridge to cope with adverse shocks while creating pathways for women and youth to take advantage of new opportunities. ITC will focus on economic security and will invest in three areas:

  • Support the entrepreneurship ecosystem in the target regions and establish a regional hub or one-stop-shop for entrepreneurship and business development support
  • Operationalize a hospitality centre in LRR that serves as a training hub in LRR, including the provision of foundation level training for 40 women and youth
  • Enhance skills in value addition and agripreneurship for 60 youth and women, including the provision of business starter-kits
  • Provide training and advisory support to connect producers and entrepreneurs to digital platforms and facilitate payment systems




The accessibility to relevant and high-quality technical and vocational education and training (TVET) services remains a challenge in The Gambia, particularly for women and youth in the rural areas of the country. The National TVET Roadmap found a high concentration of TVET providers in Banjul and Kanifing, with approximately 75% of the 92 accredited TVET providers located in these areas. On the other hand, only four training providers operate in NBR and LRR. These include the Njawara Agricultural Training Centre, the Songhai Initiative, Gaye Njoro in NBR and the Mansakonko Annex of the Gambia Technical Training Institute (GTTI) in LRR.

At the same, the demand of qualified workforce has increased, particularly in the rural growth centers which include the agglomerations along the Senegambia transport corridor. The hospitality sector in particular, is one area that has seen rapid growth fueled by tourism and eco-tourism related investments and increased demand for catering and accommodation related services.

In view of above, ITC in collaboration with the Mansakonko Area Council and the Gambia Tourism and Hospitality Institute, seeks the service of a professional architectural company to design the training kitchen and bakery.



The design of the training facility should take into account the use of sustainable and green construction methods while also considering aesthetics, quality, functionality, affordability, as well as energy efficiency. The main parameters and design requirements are as follows:

Sites Plan and building requirement

The available plot size is 25 x 15m which is part of larger conference centre run by the Mansakonko Area Council. The proposed training facility should accommodate

  • A teaching bakery
  • A teaching kitchen
  • Four toilets, two for men and two for women
  • One stand-alone office with a separate toilet,


Other requirements 

  • The masonry material used for construction will be compressed stabilized earth blocks (CSEB) and the design should reflect a good understanding of CSEB technology.
  • The spatial arrangement, site configuration, effective use of natural light and ventilation, energy efficiency, sustainability and economics of design should also be considered.
  • The building should provide wheel-chair access.

Expected Outputs


The selected service provider will be requested to provide the detailed architectural and engineering designs and detailed costing of the construction works (Bill of Quantities) of the Centre based on additional inputs and guidance by ITC, The Mansakonko Area Council and GTHI. The final designs should be provided in printed and digital format (preferably pdf) including plans, sections, elevations and 3D rendering.

Eligibility criteria


  • Proven of track record in designing high-quality functional structures with a minimum of 5 years’ experience in architectural and engineering design
  • Proven experience in the design with earth blocks and other sustainable construction structures

Interested parties should express their interest and submit their offer for the design of the Entrepreneurship One Stop Shop by email to bsallah@intracen.org. The submission should include minimum two sample designs of similar work. The submissions should be submitted no later than 3rd October 2021. For any inquiries on the TOR you may write to Yusupha.keita@intracen.org or call 3740266 or 4495685.