Since 2018, USAID Economic Resilience Activity (ERA) has focused its activities on eastern Ukraine. In 2022, it expanded its geography of cooperation to other regions due to Russia’s full-scale invasion and occupation of part of Ukraine. In 2023, given the military and political circumstances and challenges, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) changed ERA’s priorities.
ERA is one of the implementers of the U.S. Government’s Interagency Agriculture Resilience Initiative – Ukraine (AGRI – Ukraine), which aims to support Ukrainian agricultural production and exports and help address the global food crisis exacerbated by Russia’s brutal war against Ukraine. USAID supports the Government of Ukraine, including working with the State Agency for Restoration and Development of Infrastructure of Ukraine (SARDI) and the State Customs Service, through ERA, to modernize border crossing points to improve grain trade and exports, passenger traffic, and perceptions of Ukraine. ERA is also implementing the Economic Stability and Recovery Initiative (ESRI), which focuses on job retention and creation and assists small and medium-sized enterprises.
USAID ERA prioritizes work on AGRI and rehabilitating EU-facing border crossing points (BCPs). The AGRI component is extending its technical assistance to Ukrainian Agri-traders and logistics companies supporting them in increasing capacity and potential of grain export logistics. The BCP component includes complex construction management and procurement of equipment and service for BCPs to become more efficient in processing big cargos of grain and other commodities through the border.
About the job
The Senior Manager for Border Crossing Points (BCP) Upgrades at the USAID Economic Resilience Activity will supervise a team of technical experts to improve infrastructure on existing border crossing points. The ideal candidate will have strong supervisory skills, technical knowledge in border crossing points on sea, air, road, or rail transportation routes and understand the infrastructure repair process/construction industry. The Senior Manager for BCP Upgrades oversees the Operations Expert, Equipment Manager for Road, Equipment Manager for Rail, and Quality Assurance Specialist, and s/he reports to the BCP Director and is based in the Odesa or Kyiv office of USAID ERA.
- Prioritize the strategic technical direction for border crossing checkpoint upgrades as it relates to USAID and ERA’s strategy;
- Oversee all upgrades to the BCPs, including air, sea, road, and rail checkpoints;
- Forecast the flow of goods and services through Ukrainian BCPs and their capacities utilization;
- Establish and maintain good relationships within the transportation industry and well as with BCP authorities. Must have knowledge of relevant representatives;
- Assess and understand the construction and renovation process for various transport industries;
- Ensure health, environment, and safety plans and measures are in place for all upgrade plans;
- Coordinate with the procurement team and serve as a member of the Technical Evaluation Committee to ensure the soundness of concepts and quotations related to reconstruction works and BCPs;
- Coordinate and monitor the delivery of small-scale reconstruction (repair, refurbishment, finishing works) to damaged public buildings and facilities to restore their services;
- Strengthen the technical capacity of engineers in contracts administration, infrastructure maintenance, and quality control to facilitate service delivery improvements across ERA municipalities;
- As needed, support the procurement and grants teams to procure necessary materials and equipment to repair and equip BCPs and facilities;
- Led the BCP Upgrade team in promoting, reconstructing, and repairing various border crossing points;
- Plan, schedule, and coordinate with all the BCP-related government agencies to track progress and gaps and address them;
- Presenting briefs, reporting bullet points, and tracker updates.
- Lead the reporting of accurate and timely field reports and other documentation as required;
- Lead the monitoring and reporting on the progress of Ukrainian BCP upgrades;
- Support the MEL and grants teams with their deliverables as it relates to BCP upgrades.
- Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Logistics, Supply Chain Management or related field;
- At least 10 years of experience in road, rail, sea, or air operations as it relates to logistics, supply chain management, and/or customs and border checks;
- At least 5 years of supervisory experience overseeing and/or managing teams for reconstruction and rehabilitation efforts;
- The ability to prioritize competing tasks, set realistic deadlines, and manage time efficiently;
- Experience working with USAID or other international development organizations is a plus but not required;
- Strong networks in the Ukrainian transportation industry;
- Intimate knowledge of Ukrainian border crossing points is required;
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
- Ability to lead a team effectively and harness each team member’s various niche expertise;
- Experience preparing weekly/quarterly progress reports;
- Fluent English and Ukrainian are required.
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: November 2023
All applicants must send a cover letter and updated CV (no longer than four pages) in English to email@example.com
Closing date for applications: November 07, 2023.
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