About International Trade Centre (ITC)

The International Trade Centre (ITC) is a joint agency of the United Nations and the World Trade Organization, focusing on developing the export capabilities of small and medium-sized businesses in developing and transition economies. ITC projects and programmes contribute to the global efforts to achieve UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development and the Aid for Trade agenda. ITC works at three levels:

Strengthening the integration of the business sector of developing countries and economies in transition into the global economy,

Improving the performance of trade and investment support institutions for the benefit of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and enhancing the abilities of trade support institutions to support them better,

Improving the international competitiveness of SMEs. 

About the support

Women make up 47% of the cross-border traders living along the Trans Gambia Corridor in The Gambia. This critical yet largely informal sector encourages entrepreneurship and regional trade, contributes to food security, and enhances income and employment opportunities for financially deprived households and women. However, cross-border traders often suffer from unreliable income streams, a lack of social safety nets, and other barriers, such as bureaucracy, safety risks, and gender-based violence.

In The Gambia, women have limited space to meet, and public spaces are often inhabited largely by men. Creating safe spaces is a crucial strategy for promoting the protection and empowerment of women and girls. It is a tool for discussing women's health and well-being, promoting shared learning, and instilling positive support-seeking behavior among women and girls. ITC will support the establishment of a safe space for women and girls to share experiences in one of the target regions. The safe space will be women and girl-led and offer an inclusive and empowering environment for them. The design of the safe space, the activities and services offered, and the organization of discussions would prioritize the safety and confidentiality of the women and girls accessing the space. The safe space should consider the varying needs and experiences of women and girls. It should deliver services that respond to their life cycle, including issues related to GBV prevention and response.


In view of the above, ITC seeks the service of a professional architectural company to design the safe space in Farafenni and provide a comprehensive Bill of quantity that will include the cost of constructing the safe space to completion.


The design of the safe space should take into the 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 15m x 15m. The proposed facility should accommodate:

1 CSEB (compressed stabilized earth blocks) constructed Octagon structure.

Interiors include one private room 1 training room with a capacity of 25 people, 1 resource/lounge room and a 1 smaller conference room with a capacity of 15 people.

The different rooms should be partition using glass.

Above the foundation to one meter of the wall should be CSEB and above the one meter to the beam should be glass. Please note the beam and the concrete pillars will be concrete cement.

Download the terms of reference in the downdables for more information.

Offers must be submitted no later than 4 April 2023 via email only to Mr. Yusupha Keita at Late submission will not be considered.