Team Leader – Seed System Security Assessment
in the DRC FTF Zones of Influence

USAID/DRC MSSP (Short Term Assignment)


In the DRC, SoCha is the prime contractor responsible for implementing the Mission Strategic Support Program (MSSP) of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (USAID/DRC), for a period of 5 years. The objective of MSSP is to provide technical and advisory services for monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) across the USAID’s portfolio of activities in the DRC, the CAR and Congo-Brazzaville.

MSSP supports the USAID Mission by providing strategic analysis, including data collection and quality assessments; data visualization and mapping; activity monitoring and verification; studies, assessments and performance evaluations of activities; and facilitating organizational learning and collaboration among USAID implementing partners. MSSP also works to build the capacity of the Mission and its implementing partners to use MEL to inform program design and deliver better outcomes for the population.

For a Seed System Security Assessment (SSSA) project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) for USAID, SoCha seeks qualified Team Leader: Seed System Security Assessment in the DRC Feed the Future Zones of Influence (FtF ZoI).

Scope of Work:

The Team Leader will work with a team of national data collection team and analysts to conduct a comprehensive Seed System Security Assessment in the identified zones of the DRC, following the outlined methodology. The assessment will focus on identifying vulnerabilities, assessing the status of crop and seed systems, and proposing short- and long-term responses to enhance seed security.

Key Responsibilities

  1. Project Planning:
  1. Identify Zones for Assessment and Possible Intervention:
  1. Describe the Normal Status of Crop and Seed Systems:
  1. Describe the Broad Effects of Disasters on Farming Systems:
  1. Identify Chronic Stresses Requiring Longer-Term Solutions:
  1. Determine Appropriate Short- and Longer-Term Responses:
  1. Reporting and Documentation:


Essential Qualifications:

Desired Qualifications:

Duration of the Assignment:

The assessment is expected to start in February 2024 and to be completed in 90 days – however, this is a deliverables-based contract meaning that the amounts and payment schedule will be determined by the dates of the deliverables.


The Team Leader will work from his/her home base with the possibility of (at least one) field visit (s) as per the requirements of the assessment.


The Team Leader will report to the Socha/MSSP DCOP and liaise closely with USAID/DRC experts.

How to Apply:

To submit your application, kindly provide your details using the form provided below.

The application file shall include:

Position will remain open to applicants until it is filled.

Socha is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from qualified individuals regardless of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or any other protected status. We encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds to apply.

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview. We appreciate your understanding.