GSA Is Hiring! Architecture Research Consultancy

August 25, 2017

The Global Shea Alliance (GSA) is a non-profit industry association with 430 members from 31 countries including women’s groups, brands and retailers, suppliers, and NGOs. Through public-private partnerships, the GSA promotes industry sustainability, quality practices and standards, and demand for shea in food and cosmetics.

The shea industry provides employment for 16 million poor rural women in 21 African countries who collect and sell the kernels, providing income for their households. Currently, women shea collectors sell these kernel in village markets in small quantities for low prices. In 2016, the Global Shea Alliance (GSA) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) signed a U.S. $13 million, five-year agreement to promote shea markets worldwide and improve sustainable production in Africa. Under this partnership, the GSA and its partners will construct 250 warehouses for women shea collector and processor groups.

The GSA seeks an Architecture Firm to conduct research and propose a warehousing model that utilizes local materials such as clay and bamboo. The purpose of the research shall be to establish a model that reduces material costs and requires less expansive labor. Women shea collectors should be able to replicate the model independently

Project Timeline: October 15 – November 30, 2017

Targeted Locations: Ghana, Benin, Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire, Mali, Togo and Burkina Faso.

 Area of Focus

The assignment should consider following key factors in its evaluation:

  • Cost of local materials
  • Access and availability of suggested local materials in remote locations
  • Labor hours required for construction
  • Level of expertise needed in constructing vernacular warehouse
  • Weather limitation in constructing vernacular warehouse
  • Durability of the vernacular warehouses
  • Cost of periodic maintenance


Application Requirement:

Interested applicants must submit the following as part of their expression of interest:

  • Proof of expertise and technical capacity to undertake the project
  • Detailed budget (Project fee and travel cost)
  • Implementation strategy (Detailed work plan and activities)
  • List of professional references
  • Fluency in French is an advantage


Expected Deliverables:

  • Initial report for comments by GSA’s technical team
  • Final comprehensive report (covering the area of focus noted above)   
  • Model building plan


Deadline: Expression of interest must be submitted by September 20, 2017. Interested consultants should submit their expression of interest to: Aaron Adu:

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