USAID supplies bogie exchange lifts to improve the efficiency of rail cargo operations 

BCP Renovation and Reconstruction
23 February 2024

The USAID’s Economic Resilience Activity (USAID ERA) has installed the first set of four bogie exchange lifts for Ukrzaliznytsia (UZ) at a railroad border crossing point (BCP) on the Romanian border. The remaining two sets from the USAID ERA total order of three sets are to be installed in March. Each set, which comprises four bogie lifts, can lift cargo weighing more than 100 tons.   

The lifts are an efficient way to change wheel bogies to move trains and wagons from the wider gauges to standard gaugesand vice versa, thereby eliminating the idle time associated with the replacement of bogies, enabling faster cargo movement between Ukraine and the EU. The installation of the 12 lifts will allow handling an additional 24 cargo per day, which will increase the capacity and efficiency of UZ’s cargo operations. For more than 15 years, this regional branch of UZ has not purchased any new lifts for any of its railway stations.  

The lifts are supplied by “TRADING HOUSE” MASHSERVIS” LTD (the actual manufacturer of the lifts is a subsidiary of Plasma Company LLC), a leading Ukrainian company based in Kharkiv that manufactures and supplies equipment for Ukraine and Europe, which won the USAID ERA competitive tender. Since 2006, the company has grown from a small commodity trading company to a manufacturer of industrial equipment, gradually developing and expanding into new areas of production. 

At the beginning of the war in Ukraine unleashed by Russia, the company’s operations were suspended, and they had to abandon many areas of development and some services. Four months later, they gradually began to resume production. At present, the company has identified the main areas of work that it plans to develop in the future the manufacture of railcar jacks, shunting devices for moving railcars, grab bars, winches, gearboxes, thermal equipment, and mining equipment.  

Today, the company produces almost all the parts needed to manufacture the equipment on its own. The trading house buys all the material for the manufacture of equipment from reliable suppliers from Ukraine and European countries, which ensures stable production. The main customers of “TRADING HOUSE” MASHSERVIS” LTD, are large metallurgical enterprises, ports, enterprises with railway infrastructure, mines, elevators, quarries, and mining and processing plants.    

Prior to Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022, the company sold 50% of its equipment on the domestic market and 50% was exported. For now, “TRADING HOUSE” MASHSERVIS” LTD, sells 80% of its products on the domestic market and 20% are exported. 

The company approaches each order individually. For example, as per ERA’s request, a 3D model of the equipment to be manufactured was developed, load calculations were performed, and only then was the production launched. It was hanks to the ERA order, that the company was able to set up a line for bogie exchange lift production, which created new jobs. 

The company has a large fleet of machine tools, so it manufactures almost all parts on its own. This makes it possible to control production at every stage. The manufactured equipment is checked for quality by the technical control department. In some cases, the company orders the services of a third-party expert to check the equipment.    

“TRADING HOUSE” MASHSERVIS” LTD ensures high quality standards through the ISO 9001 quality management system and complies with international safety and sustainability standards. The company’s products also comply with such standards as technical specifications and the State standards of Ukraine. 

As a reminder, ERA is modernizing Ukraine’s key rail and road border crossings with Moldova, Hungary, Slovakia, Romania, and Poland. This initiative aims to increase efficiency, improve accessibility, and increase the logistics capacity of key border crossings for Ukrainian exports. Grain, whose exports are important not only for Ukraine’s economy but also for global food security. 

Background: Between 2023-2026, USAID, through the Economic Resilience Activity (ERA), is dedicating $115 million to support the State Agency for Restoration and Development of Infrastructure of Ukraine (SARDI), Ukrainian Railways (UZ), and State Customs Services, to upgrade border crossing points (BCPs) to improve grain trade and export volumes.  

 

USAID ERA delivers modular buildings for installation at key road border crossing points in Zakarpattia Oblast

BCP Renovation and Reconstruction
22 February 2024

Under the USAID’s Economic Resilience Activity (ERA), ArtMetal Ukraine, a Dnipro-based company, has delivered 21 prefabricated buildings (prefabs) for installation at two key road border crossing points (BCPs) in Zakarpattia Oblast on Ukraine border. The commissioning of the prefabs is scheduled for February and early March. The modular buildings, or prefabs, are to be equipped with the necessary functional equipment. They will improve border control processes and speed up customs procedures, and potentially reduce waiting times at the borders between Ukraine, Hungary, and Slovakia. 

 

At the same time, the sanitary modules previously delivered to the BCP on the border with Romania are successfully connected and ready for use. One of the modules is inclusive, with a ramp providing unimpeded access for people with disabilities. Each sanitary module is equipped with the necessary set of sanitary equipment. 

The modernization of BCPs contributes to creating a more accessible and comfortable environment for all categories of people crossing the border and enhances Ukraine’s ability to operate its border crossings effectively, which stimulates the local economy by ensuring the export of Ukrainian goods to international markets. 

Background: Between 2023-2026, USAID, through the Economic Resilience Activity (ERA), is dedicating $115 million to support the State Agency for Restoration and Development of Infrastructure of Ukraine (SARDI), Ukrainian Railways (UZ), and State Customs Services, to upgrade border crossing points (BCPs) to improve grain trade and export volumes. 

BCP Infrastructure Project Manager

BCP Renovation and Reconstruction
22 February 2024

Kyiv or Lviv offices

With business trips 50% of working time at Border Crossing Points in Lviv, Volyn, Zakarpattia, Vinnytsia, and Odesa regions.

ERA BACKGROUND 

Ukraine’s efforts to win the future – emerging from Russia’s full-scale war ready to accelerate its development as a sovereign, independent, democratic, and prosperous state – require a dynamic, inclusive economic recovery. Through partnerships with the government and robust private sector engagement, ERA has supported economic growth and resilience in Ukraine since 2018. Following Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 and subsequent occupation of the part of Ukraine, ERA shifted from its focus on Eastern Ukraine to cover development priorities across the country that address Ukraine’s urgent needs in export logistics and infrastructural improvements.

AGRI-UKRAINE GRAIN EXPORT LOGISTICS

USAID’s Economic Resilience Activity (ERA) is one of USAID’s core partners implementing the $350 million Agriculture Resilience Initiative – Ukraine (AGRI-Ukraine) that was established in 2022 to bolster Ukrainian agricultural exports and alleviate the global food security crisis exacerbated by the war. Under AGRI-Ukraine, ERA partners with public and private companies to complement and leverage urgently-needed grain transportation and transshipment investments.

INFRASTRUCTURAL IMPROVEMENTSERA also directly supports the Government of Ukraine, including the State Agency for Restoration and Development of Infrastructure of Ukraine (SARDI), the State Customs Service and Ukrainian Railways, to upgrade 42 of Ukraine’s border crossing points (BCPs). Modern and more efficient border infrastructure and customs procedures will reduce export costs and increase export capacity, enabling  Ukraine to scale trade and advance its path to EU integration.

BCPs Renovation and Upgrade:

  • Infrastructure Improvements: deliver equipment, architecture and engineering design and construction services at 9 priority (6 road and 3 rail) and up to 12 additional BCPs that improve traffic management systems, cargo processing, and terminal infrastructure and equipment for cargo and passenger processing, to increase exports and manage traffic more efficiently along the borders of Hungary, Moldova, Poland, Romania, and Slovakia.
  • Standardization and Efficiency with Rapid Upgrades: target total of 42 BCPs with immediate upgrades such as prefabricated office structures and restrooms, pavement repairs, signage, barricades, and equipment for weighing and scanning that address urgent needs and improve user experience and perceptions of Ukraine.
  • Equipment and Traffic Management Systems:  procure mobile truck scanners, fixed and dynamic scales, luggage and hand-held scanners, and rail cargo equipment to increase export capacity and meet international standards for cargo processing; and develop and implement modern traffic management systems at select, high volume BCPs.

Job Overview

The Economic Resilience Activity (ERA) is focused on facilitating the increased flow of commodities from Ukraine through its EU borders to prepare for better integration with the European Union. Between 2023-2026, USAID is dedicating $115 million to support the State Agency for Restoration and Development of Infrastructure of Ukraine (SARDI), Ukrainian Railways (UZ), and State Customs Services to upgrade border crossing points (BCPs) to improve grain trade and export volumes, transportation routes, and passenger traffic. ERA is upgrading border crossing points (BCPs) and adjacent cargo processing infrastructure to increase trade and integration capacity through both short-term rapid upgrades and longer-term improvements.

ERA is looking for a candidate to work with the BCP Director and Senior Manager for BCP Infrastructure to oversee and coordinate project design management performed by engineering firms and construction from inception to completion, ensuring they are delivered on time, within budget, and according to specifications. The position requires travel to BCP at the western border of Ukraine.

Responsibilities:

Project Planning and Scheduling:

  • Develop project scope of work, schedule, estimated cost, and resource allocation requirements.
  • Define project objectives, deliverables, and milestones.
  • Identify and mitigate project risks.
  • Review and monitor the level of effort (LOEs) submitted by the engineering subcontractors for reasonableness and time frames during the pre-design, design, and construction phases.
  • Develop and update progress monitoring control schedules (MS Project, Excel) for design and construction work for multiple projects
  • Track work progress using several factors such as time, cost, actual progress, etc. Monitoring compliance with workplan timing and budget.

Project Execution:

  • Lead project kick-off meetings and regular status meetings.
  • Coordinate activities among team members and stakeholders.
  • Monitor project progress and performance using various methods such as time, cost, and physical progress
  • Resolve issues and conflicts as they arise.

Communication:

  • Communicate project status, issues, and risks to ERA, USAID, and stakeholders.
  • Provide regular updates to the project team and management.

Resource Management:

  • Review and track resource allocation by the engineering subcontractors on multiple projects simultaneously against approved LOEs and detect any overlaps.

Quality Assurance:

  • Ensure that deliverables meet quality standards and Government of Ukraine and USAID requirements.
  • Implement quality assurance processes and procedures.
  • Conduct quality reviews and audits as necessary.

Budget Management:

  • Develop project budgets and track expenses and review progress payments
  • Ensure that projects are completed within budget.

Stakeholder Management:

  • Build and maintain relationships with project stakeholders.
  • Manage stakeholder expectations and address their concerns.

Documentation:

  • Maintain accurate project documentation, including plans, schedules, and reports.
  • Ensure that project documentation is up-to-date and accessible
  • Archive project documentation upon project completion.
  • Keep respective activity records in the DAI corporate system (TAMIS).

Job Expectations

In this position, you are expected to share the DAI’s four core values:

  • Integrity: commit to civil and ethical behavior, play by the rules, and do the right thing;
  • Responsibility: be accountable to clients, partners, grant recipients, beneficiaries, colleagues, and communities where we work. If you fall short, you own up, fix the problem, and get it right the next time;
  • Excellence: adhere to the highest technical and professional standards in innovation, learning, and service;
  • Global Citizenship: respect cultural diversity and treat everyone everywhere with professionalism and dignity to make the world a better place.

About you:

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or a related field (Master’s degree preferred).
  • Project management certification (e.g., PMP) is desirable.
  • At least 5 years of experience in managing engineering design projects and preferably donor-funded projects in Ukraine or abroad
  • Strong leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent organizational, time management, multi-tasking and multiple project management abilities
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Project Management tools and software and ability to add LOE, and cost in addition to time to the Microsoft PM.
  • Knowledge of engineering principles and practices.
  • Familiarity with relevant GoUand USAID regulations and standards
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills in English and Ukrainian are required
  • of construction design, as well as knowledge of international technical assistance
  • Excellent computer skills in MS Excel and MS Project; able to develop Microsoft Project Gantt charts to monitor engineering level of effort (LOE), schedules, and cost for several projects.

environment.

  • Strong technical, financial, analytical, quantitative, critical thinking, and conceptual skills to analyze issues, develop monitoring and control tools, and recommend and present solutions and/or options.

WE OFFER

Contract length: 12-month employment agreement with a possibility of extension.

Benefits Package:

  • 28 calendar days of annual leave
  • 10 days of internal well-being paid leave per annum
  • Medical Insurance for ERA staff and their families
  • Life Insurance for ERA staff
  • Coverage of all expenses for the business trips
  • Military reservation is possible and granted if you are on a relevant military register

Start date: March 2024

Application process

All applicants must send a cover letter and updated CV (no longer than four pages) in English to ukraine@dai.com.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or status as a protected veteran.

Closing date for applications: March 15, 2024.

For further information about DAI GLOBAL LLC, please consult our website era-ukraine.org.ua.

Border Crossing Point (BCP) Deputy Director

BCP Renovation and Reconstruction
19 February 2024

Lviv

Position Overview

The Economic Resilience Activity (ERA) is focused on facilitating the increased flow of commodities from Ukraine through its EU borders to prepare for better integration with the European Union. Between 2023-2026, USAID is dedicating $115 million to support the State Agency for Restoration and Development of Infrastructure of Ukraine (SARDI), Ukrainian Railways (UZ), and State Customs Services to upgrade border crossing points (BCPs) to improve grain trade and export volumes, transportation routes, and passenger traffic. ERA is upgrading border crossing points (BCPs) and adjacent cargo processing infrastructure to increase trade and integration capacity through both short-term rapid upgrades and longer-term improvements.

ERA is looking for an energetic and highly organized candidate to work alongside the BCP Director to oversee construction management, personnel management and training, and quality assurance to support Ukrainian border crossing point upgrades. Candidates must be willing to relocate to Lviv, Ukraine (a maximum of 25 percent remote work may be approved) for the life of the project, which is set to conclude in August 2026.

Expected key functions:

The BCP Deputy Director will provide senior technical leadership and management for the ERA BCP Team to enable it to

  1. Assisting the BCP Director in providing quality review, training, mentoring, and follow-up with the BCP staff to ensure the quality of products, reports, trackers, projections, etc. Provide management, technical, and organizational skills to improve the quality of internal and external deliverables to USAID and counterparts.
  2. Developing and updating progress monitoring control schedules and Gantt charts, including awards/delivery, completion, and financial projection management. Ensure BCP workplan targets are met.
  3. Developing analysis and monitoring progress as far as financial projection, budget, LOE, etc.
  4. Updating BCP-related sections of the work plan and BCP progress tracking and adherence to the work plan and performance targets. Conduct regular follow-ups on team members to ensure successful completion, submission, and documentation of all components.
  5. Collaborating with the Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) and cross-functional teams as needed on routine technical updates, monitoring and evaluation, environmental compliance, communications, client reporting, procurement, and budget projections.
  6. Performing other functions assigned by the BCP Director on a BCP component needs and assessment.

Required qualifications:

  • 5-7 years of mid-to senior-level experience in overseeing engineering design and construction program management and quality assurance (QA)/quality control (QC), or related field, equivalent to a Deputy Chief of Party, component lead or senior management position;
  • Strong personnel and project management skills;
  • Strong technical, financial, analytical, quantitative, critical thinking, and conceptual skills to analyze issues and develop monitoring and control tools and recommend and present solutions and/or options;
  • Excellent computer skills, especially in computer-assisted design software, Microsoft Project, and Excel; able to develop Microsoft Project Gantt charts to monitor engineering level of effort (LOE), schedules, and cost for several projects.
  • Experience in monitoring, updating, tracking, and following up on the project workplan and progress schedule related BCPs and any related AMELP indicators
  • Significant experience in field assessment, design, and construction of small- and medium-scale infrastructure;
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills in English are required; verbal skills in Ukrainian and/or Russian are advantageous.
  • Highly energetic and skilled in developing and tracking tool(s) to monitor the Level of Efforts and budgets, schedules for accomplishing activities, and financial projections and produce a high level of oversight and visibility for all the elements of the BCP programs.

Preferred qualifications:

  • A university-level degree in civil engineering or a related field, such as industrial engineering, engineering management, or architecture. Experience in relative fields will be considered in lieu of a degree in these areas.
  • Mid-level experience in managing construction projects funded by USAID; knowledge of USAID rules and regulations on procurement and construction, highly desired.
  • Experience in construction activities, quality assurances, and control is preferable.
  • Familiarity with Ukrainian construction and engineering regulations is preferable;
  • Experience in mentoring and training staff across relevant functions.

WE OFFER

Contract length: 12-month employment agreement with a possibility of extension.

Benefits: all benefits envisaged by the Labor Code of Ukraine, corporate medical insurance for employees and immediate family members.

Start date: March 2024

Application process

All applicants must send a cover letter and updated CV (no longer than four pages) in English to ukraine@dai.com

Closing date for applications: March 5, 2024.

For further information about DAI GLOBAL LLC, please consult our website dai.com.

USAID supplies five commodity scales toUkraine’s road border crossing points  

BCP Renovation and Reconstruction
13 February 2024

USAID Economic Resilience Activity (USAID ERA) has supplied five one-ton commodity scales to three of Ukraine’s priority road border crossing points (BCPs). The Starokozache/Tudora BCP received one scale, while two scales each were delivered to the Rava-Ruska/Hrebenne, and Chop – Zahony BCPs. The scales, produced by a Ukrainian manufacturer, feature the full range of functionalities required by the State Customs Service of Ukraine. This include  capacity for the required tonnage, number of weighings per day, photo quality, and data storage, which are all crucial for fast and efficient customs declaration at the border crossings.  

This assistance is part of USAID ERA’s ongoing support to modernize priority BCPs between Ukraine and Moldova, Hungary, Slovakia, Romania, and Poland. This initiative aims to increase efficiency, improve accessibility, and enhance the logistical potential of key BCPs for the export of Ukrainian goods, especially grain, whose export is vital for Ukraine’s economy and global food security. 

Background: Between 2023-2026, USAID, through the Economic Resilience Activity (ERA), is dedicating $115 million to support the State Agency for Restoration and Development of Infrastructure of Ukraine (SARDI), Ukrainian Railways (UZ), and State Customs Services, to upgrade border crossing points (BCPs) to improve grain trade and export volumes. 

Pre-design work at Ukraine’s road border crossing points with Romania begins under USAID ERA support 

BCP Renovation and Reconstruction
08 February 2024

Miyamoto Ukraine, a subcontractor of the USAID Economic Resilience Activity (USAID ERA), has started pre-design work and preliminary studies aimed at designing the expansion of the Diakivtsi – Racovăţ and Krasnoilsk – Vicovu de Sus road border crossing points (BCPs) located on the Ukrainian-Romanian border. 

During the technical visit to the BCP site, the Miyamoto Ukraine team met with representatives of the State Agency of Ukraine for the Restoration and Development of Infrastructure (SARDI) and the State Customs Service. The engineers compared the available design documents with the actual constructed facilities and checked the compliance of the planned work with the requirements of the legislation and construction standards in Ukraine. The planned expansion of the checkpoint will increase the throughput capacity for freight transport, which, in turn, will positively impact the flow of Ukrainian grain export through Romania. 

Natalia Chukanova, Chief Engineer at Miyamoto International Ukraine said, “In January, our team visited two border crossing points, Dyakivtsi – Rakovets and Krasnoilsk – Vicovia de Sus. During the working visit, we got acquainted with the facilities, inspected the territory and existing buildings and structures of the BCPs to clarify the scope of work required, and took photos of the current state of the facilities. We discussed the issues and possible solutions in advance. During the meeting, we talked to Customs officials about the technological process. We gathered all the necessary information for further implementation of the modernization of the state border crossing points of Ukraine.

She noted further, “The Miyamoto Ukraine team, which includes civil engineers, building inspection specialists and architects, is implementing all the planned work to modernize the BCPs and increase their capacity according to the planned schedule.”

In February, Miyamoto Ukraine engineers are scheduled visit two railway and one road BCPs in Zakarpattia and Lviv Oblasts to conduct a detailed inspection of the technical condition of the existing infrastructure and facilities and determine the scope of work required for their modernization and improvement.  

Mustafa Nayem, Head of the State Agency for Reconstruction and Infrastructure Development of Ukraine noted, “29 BCPs on the western and southern borders of Ukraine have been transferred to the management of the State Agency for Reconstruction. Our task is to modernize these checkpoints and increase their capacity. I am grateful to our partners USAID and Miyamoto for their assistance on this important project.”  

Background: Between 2023-2026, USAID, through the Economic Resilience Activity (ERA), is dedicating $115 million to support the State Agency for Restoration and Development of Infrastructure of Ukraine (SARDI), Ukrainian Railways (UZ), and State Customs Services, to upgrade border crossing points (BCPs) to improve grain trade and export volumes.