USPSC Pharmaceutical and Medical Commodities Advisor

USAID/ Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Government
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
    Sep-21-2018
  • Posted
    Sep 06

Position description

Position Title:              Pharmaceutical and Medical Commodities Advisor

Solicitation Number:   720FDA18B00072

Salary Level:               GS-13 Equivalent: $96,970 - $126,062

                                     GS-14 Equivalent: $114,590 - $148,967

Issuance Date:             July 20, 2018

Closing Date:              September 21, 2018 (Deadline Extended)

Closing Time:              12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

 

Dear Prospective Applicants:

 

The United States Government (USG), represented by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), is seeking applications from qualified U.S. citizens to provide personal services as a Pharmaceutical and Medical Commodities (PMC) Advisor under a United States Personal Services Contract (USPSC), as described in the attached solicitation.

 

Submittals must be in accordance with the attached information at the place and time specified. Applicants interested in applying for this position MUST submit the following materials:

 

  1. Complete resume. In order to fully evaluate your application, your resume must include: 

 

(a) Paid and non-paid experience, job title, location(s), dates held (month/year), and hours worked per week for each position. Any experience that does not include dates (month/year), locations, and hours per week will not be counted towards meeting the solicitation requirements.

(b) Specific duties performed that fully detail the level and complexity of the work.

(c) Names and contact information (phone/email) of your current and/or previous supervisor(s). Current and/or previous supervisors may be contacted for a reference.

(d) Education and any other qualifications including job-related training courses, job-related skills, or job-related honors, awards or accomplishments.

(e) U.S. Citizenship

(f) Optional:  How did you hear about this opportunity? (FedBizOps, OFDA Jobs, Career Fair, etc.).

 

Your resume should contain sufficient information to make a valid determination that you fully meet the experience requirements as stated in this solicitation for each grade level(s) for which you are applying.  This information should be clearly identified in your resume.  Failure to provide information sufficient to determine your qualifications for the position will result in loss of full consideration. 

 

  1. Supplemental document specifically addressing the Quality Ranking Factors (QRFs) shown in the solicitation.

 

  1. USPSC Application form AID 309-2. Applicants are required to complete sections A through I. This form must be physically signed. Electronic signatures will not be accepted.

 

NOTE REGARDING DATA UNIVERSAL NUMBERING SYSTEM (DUNS) NUMBERS

AND THE SYSTEM FOR AWARD MANAGEMENT

 

All USPSCs with a place of performance in the United States are required to have a Data

Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number and be registered in the System for Award

Management (SAM) database prior to receiving an award. You will be disqualified if you either

fail to comply with this requirement or if your name appears on the excluded parties list.  The

selectee will be provided with guidance regarding this registration.

 

NOTE: As of March 28, 2018, all new SAM.gov entity registrations will now require a signed

notarized letter identifying the authorized Entity administrator for the entity associated with the

DUNS number. Additional information on the format of the notarized letter and where to submit

can be found via the below Federal Service Desk link:

 

https://www.fsd.gov/fsd-gov/answer.do?sysparm_kbid=d2e67885db0d5f00b3257d321f96194b&

sysparm_search=kb0013183

 

Applicants can expect to receive a confirmation email when application materials have been received. Applicants should retain for their records copies of all enclosures which accompany their applications. Your complete resume and the supplemental document addressing the QRFs must be emailed to:

 

            OFDA Recruitment Team

            E-Mail Address: [email protected]

            Website: www.OFDAjobs.net

 

Any questions on this solicitation may be directed to OFDA Recruitment Team via the information provided above.

 

Sincerely,

 

Renee Newton

Contracting Officer

 

 

Solicitation for USPSC Pharmaceutical and Medical Commodities Advisor

 

1.  SOLICITATION NO.: 720FDA18B00072

2.  ISSUANCE DATE: July 20, 2018

3.  CLOSING DATE/TIME FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS: September 21, 2018, 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

4.  POSITION TITLE: Pharmaceutical and Medical Commodities Advisor

5. MARKET VALUE:

Depending on the qualifications of the candidate, this position can be filled at either the GS-13 ($96,970 - $126,062) or GS-14 ($114,590 - $148,967) equivalent level, including Washington, D.C. locality pay. Final compensation will be negotiated within the listed market value of the GS-13or GS-14 level based upon the candidate’s established salary history. Salaries over and above the top of the pay range will not be entertained or negotiated. Candidates who live outside the Washington, D.C. area will be considered for employment but no relocation expenses will be reimbursed.

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications for a GS-13 will be considered for the GS-13 level positions. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications for a GS-14 will be considered for the GS-14 level only.

 

6.  PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE:  (1) year with four (4) one-year options

7.  PLACE OF PERFORMANCE:  Washington, D.C.

8.  STATEMENT OF WORK

 

POSITION DESCRIPTION

 

BACKGROUND

 

The Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) is the office within USAID that is responsible for providing emergency non-food humanitarian assistance in response to international crises and disasters.  OFDA is part of the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA) and is organized into six divisions. 

 

The Africa (AFD) Response Division and the Asia, Latin America, Europe and Middle East (ALE) Response Division are responsible for the provision of emergency humanitarian assistance through a grants mechanism to non-governmental organizations (NGOs), international organizations (IOs) including United Nations (UN) agencies and to other partners to ensure the implementation and delivery of this assistance.  These Divisions also oversee OFDA’s non-response efforts in disaster risk reduction and resilience.  AFD and ALE Response Divisions also coordinate with other organizations for the provision of relief supplies and assistance. They devise, coordinate and implement program strategies for a variety of natural and complex disaster situations. Both Divisions encompass groups of operations specialists who provide technical expert capability in assessing the quality and strategic function of disaster response and risk reduction activities.  The AFD Response Division is divided into two teams: East and Central Africa (ECA), and Southern, West, and North Africa (SWAN). The ALE Response Division is divided into four teams: East Asia and the Pacific (EAP), Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia (EMCA), Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), and South Asia.

 

The Operations (OPS) Division develops and manages operations for OFDA’s disaster responses by readying people and systems; projecting U.S. Government (USG) humanitarian capacity quickly into the field; and delivering material and technical assistance.  The OPS Division maintains readiness to respond to emergencies through several mechanisms, including managing Urban Search and Rescue Teams, coordinating, staffing, training, and equipping Disaster Assistance Response Teams (DARTs), and Washington-based Response Management Teams (RMTs), and stockpiling emergency relief commodities in key locations around the globe to ensure OFDA’s capacity to execute and coordinate USG humanitarian assistance and response to natural disasters and complex emergencies. The OPS Division provides technical guidance and expertise in Disaster Logistics, Urban Search and Rescue, Operations Center management, activation/readiness, Civil-Military Liaison, and Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive Consequence Management.  It also provides overseas support to OFDA offices and personnel and to other sectors necessary to ensure OFDA’s capacity to execute and coordinate USG humanitarian assistance and response to natural disasters and complex emergencies. The OPS Division is divided into four teams: the Disaster Assistance Support Program (DASP), Military Liaison Team (MLT), Operations Support Team (OST), and Overseas Administration Team (OAT).

 

The Program Support (PS) Division provides operational management support, including general administration, budget and financial services, procurement  planning, information technology (IT), human resources management including staff care, and contract and grant administration support to OFDA.  The PS Division supports OFDA's mandate by providing innovative solutions for IT, staffing, funds control, budgeting, information and human resource management, and procurement to facilitate timely disaster responses. The PS Division is divided into four teams: the Award, Audit, and Risk Management (AARM) Team, Human Resources Management (HRM) Team, Budget, Finance, and Information Technology (BFIT) Team, and the Acquisition and Management (ACQ) Team.

 

The Preparation, Strategic Planning, and Mitigation (PSPM) Division is responsible for the technical oversight of all OFDA response and mitigation programs, as well as preparation for response, mitigation, and disaster risk reduction activities. The PSPM Division houses technical experts in all sectors potentially affected by disasters, and leads the Agency in developing and promoting best practices for programming in these specific sectors. In addition, PSPM will be the focal point for technological innovations for humanitarian assistance in areas such as monitoring and evaluation, assessment, and information management. The PSPM Division is divided into four teams: Cross-Cutting Sectors Team, Natural Hazards Team, Health Team, and Food Security and Livelihoods Team.

 

The Humanitarian Policy and Global Engagement (HPGE) Division assists the DCHA front office, the OFDA Director and OFDA Deputy Director with tracking trends and policy developments in the humanitarian assistance field.  It engages in policy dialogue with other parts of USAID, the USG interagency, other donors, multilateral agencies, and NGO partners; recommends strategies for action to DCHA; initiates development of policy and internal guidance for OFDA; maintains global relationships with implementing partners, other donors, and the broader humanitarian architecture; engages with the U.N. to advance USG humanitarian policy objectives and to promote humanitarian principles within the USG and internationally.  HPGE Division leads OFDA's communications and social media outreach to effectively communicate OFDA’s story to a variety of strategic audiences; and serves as the office’s primary interlocutor on strategic issues with other federal partners to provide guidance to OFDA on policy issues pertaining to the interagency, and to improve USG humanitarian coordination and response during large-scale crises. The HPGE Division staff manages global programs, policy and outreach, strategic communications, and interagency training and engagement. HPGE is divided into seven teams: Policy Team, Global Programs Team, Strategic Interagency Team, Strategic Communications Team, Global Capacity and Leadership Development Team, Public-Private Engagement Team, and the United States Mission to the UN (USUN) in New York, Geneva, and Rome.

 

INTRODUCTION

 

The Pharmaceutical and Medical Commodities (PMC) Advisor is an integral member of OFDA’s Health Team within the PSPM Division.  OFDA addresses all disaster health risks with a strong focus on identifying and managing health risks in complex humanitarian emergencies.  The team provides technical assistance to OFDA including assessments, proposal reviews, risk management, capacity building and technical innovations to address the major causes of excess morbidity and mortality.

 

OBJECTIVE

 

OFDA requires a Registered Pharmacist, licensed to practice in the United States, to serve as a PMC Advisor and provide OFDA with technical assistance in public health program assessment, review of grant proposals for humanitarian responses, and other areas as needed.  The OFDA PMC Advisor will evaluate human and veterinary medical commodity requests, assess and advise on local health systems and pharmaceutical supply chains to assure that appropriate, safe, effective, and quality pharmaceuticals are supplied to beneficiaries in humanitarian responses.

 

9.  CORE FUNCTIONAL AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY

 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

 

At the GS-13 level:

 

  • Exercise judgment and decision-making related to pharmaceutical procurement and distribution activities, as well as evaluate medical commodity requests, both in the US and overseas. 
  • Review and analyze data to assure that all pharmaceuticals that may be purchased are in accordance with USAID regulations and meet internationally accepted standards for safety, efficacy, and quality. 
  • Assist in conducting assessments of host nation pharmaceutical manufacturing, storage and distribution networks, and recommend appropriate relief activities.
  • Identify pharmaceutical supply chain measures that could be linked to disaster response activities. Review and analyze risk reduction principles and recommend course(s) of action to OFDA-Washington staff.
  • Audit international pharmaceutical vendors to ensure pharmaceuticals procured with USG funds are safe, effective, and meet quality standards.
  • Coordinate and monitor OFDA-funded health care activities to ensure the proper use of OFDA program funds.  Review documentation provided by the implementing partner to confirm that appropriate pharmaceuticals were provided to the beneficiaries.  As appropriate, apply new developments in the pharmaceutical sector to OFDA programming.
  • Assist in evaluating existing host nation programs and systems and recommend improvements that will enhance health care for the beneficiaries. 
  • Assist OFDA to plan, organize, direct, coordinate, and analyze emergency pharmaceutical procurement and distribution activities to ensure that efforts in assigned program areas are meeting the needs of affected populations and satisfy the goals and objectives of the response program
  • Liaise with partners, IOs, and host nation authorities to ensure the appropriateness of medical commodities to be delivered.  Be aware of the local capacities for production of medical commodities, the quality of locally produced medical commodities and the impact of imported medical commodities and pharmaceuticals on the local economy.
  • Assist and coordinate actual USG emergency technical response activities with the USAID Mission, other donor agencies, and the U.S. Embassy.
  • Assist in the development of various country/regional strategies for field offices, DARTs and assessment teams. Provide briefings and written reports as required.
  • Participate in appropriate training either as a participant and/or trainer.
  • May serve as needed, on Washington-based RMTs, which provides services and support to DARTs deployed in response to disasters.  The duties on RMTs will be varied.
  • As needed, may serve on temporary details within the office not to exceed six (6) months. Duties performed while on detail will be aligned with the Team’s existing duties and responsibilities as well as directly related to the scope of work provided.

 

At the GS-14 level:

 

  • Exercise independent judgment and decision-making related to pharmaceutical procurement and distribution activities, as well as evaluate medical commodity requests, both in the US and overseas. 
  • Review and analyze data to assure that all pharmaceuticals that may be purchased are in accordance with USAID regulations and meet internationally accepted standards for safety, efficacy, and quality. 
  • Conduct assessments of host nation pharmaceutical manufacturing, storage and distribution networks and recommend appropriate relief activities.
  • Identify pharmaceutical supply chain measures that could be linked to disaster response activities. Review and analyze risk reduction principles and recommend course(s) of action to OFDA-Washington staff.
  • Audit international pharmaceutical vendors to ensure pharmaceuticals procured with USG funds are safe, effective, and meet quality standards.
  • Coordinate and monitor OFDA-funded health care activities to ensure the proper use of OFDA program funds.  Review documentation provided by the implementing partner to confirm that appropriate pharmaceuticals were in fact provided to the beneficiaries.  As appropriate, apply new developments in the pharmaceutical sector to OFDA programming.
  • Brief host governments on internationally accepted standards for medical commodities and pharmaceuticals such as Good Manufacturing Practices and Good Distribution Practices. 
  • Evaluate existing host nation programs and systems and recommend improvements that will enhance health care for the beneficiaries. 
  • Assist OFDA to coordinate, plan, implement, and evaluate emergency pharmaceutical procurement and distribution activities to ensure that efforts in assigned program areas are meeting the needs of affected populations and satisfy the goals and objectives of the response program
  • Liaise with partners, IOs, and host nation authorities to ensure the appropriateness of medical commodities to be delivered.  Be aware of the local capacities for production of medical commodities, the quality of locally produced medical commodities and the impact of imported medical commodities and pharmaceuticals on the local economy.
  • Facilitate and coordinate actual USG emergency technical response activities with the USAID Mission, other donor agencies, and the U.S. Embassy.
  • Facilitate the development of various country/regional strategies for field offices, DARTs and assessment teams. Provide briefings and written reports as required.
  • As required, lead teams to guide and coordinate the work of other technical staff in the pharmacy sector.  
  • Participate in appropriate training either as a participant and/or trainer.
  • May serve as needed, on Washington-based RMTs, which provides services and support to DARTs deployed in response to disasters.  The duties on RMTs will be varied.
  • As needed, may serve on temporary details within the office not to exceed six (6) months. Duties performed while on detail will be aligned with the Team’s existing duties and responsibilities as well as directly related to the scope of work provided.

 

SUPERVISORY RELATIONSHIP:

Supervisor sets overall work objectives. The PMC Advisor will take day-to-day direction from and report to the Lead PMC Advisor or his/her designee.

 

SUPERVISORY CONTROLS:

The incumbent is expected to take initiative and act independently with little direction and will have wide latitude for the exercise of independent judgment in responding to needs. 

 

10.  PHYSICAL DEMANDS

 

The work is generally sedentary and does not pose undue physical demands.  During deployment on DARTs (if required), and during site visits, there may be some additional physical exertion including long periods of standing, walking over rough terrain, or carrying of moderately heavy items (less than 50 pounds).

 

11.  WORK ENVIRONMENT

Work is primarily performed in an office setting.  During deployment on DARTs (if required), and during site visits, the work may additionally involve special safety and/or security precautions, wearing of protective equipment, and exposure to severe weather conditions.

12.  START DATE:  Immediately, once necessary clearances are obtained.

13.  POINT OF CONTACT:  See Cover Letter.

Qualifications

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE REQUIRED FOR THIS POSITION

(Determines basic eligibility for the position.  Applicants who do not meet all of the education and experience factors are considered NOT qualified for the position.)

 

At the GS-13 Equivalent level:

 

The PMC Advisor candidate must be currently licensed as a pharmacist, in good standing, in at least one U.S. State.

 

AND

 

Bachelor’s Degree in Pharmacy or Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD.) AND a minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible relevant experience as a pharmacist in a healthcare delivery system with experience in public health. Preferably, the candidate should have experience with grants and/or in assuring pharmaceutical quality standards.  Ideally the candidate should have work experience in an international humanitarian setting, including work in emergency/ public health sectors of the USG, an IO, or an NGO.  Depending upon work experience within the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS), Indian Health Service (IHS) may count toward the international humanitarian setting experience.

 

OR

 

Bachelor’s Degree in Pharmacy or Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD.) AND a Master’s Degree in or pertinent to one or more of the following fields: Public Health, or Health Administration, AND a minimum of five (5) years of experience as a pharmacist in a healthcare delivery system with experience in public health. Preferably, the candidate should have experience with grants and/or in assuring pharmaceutical quality standards.  Ideally the candidate should have work experience in an international humanitarian setting, including work in emergency/ public health sectors of the U.S. Government, an IO, or a NGO.  Depending upon work experience within the USPHS, IHS may count toward the international humanitarian setting experience.

 

At the GS-14 Equivalent level:

 

The PMC Advisor candidate must be currently licensed as a pharmacist, in good standing, in at least one U.S. State.

 

AND

 

Bachelor’s Degree in Pharmacy or Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm D.), AND a minimum of nine (9) years of progressively responsible relevant experience as a pharmacist in a healthcare delivery system with experience in public health.  Preferably, the candidate should have experience with grants and/or in assuring pharmaceutical quality standards.  Ideally the candidate should have work experience in an international humanitarian setting, including work an emergency/ public health sectors of the USG, an IO, or an NGO.  Depending upon work experience within the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS), Indian Health Service (IHS) may count toward the international humanitarian setting experience.

 

OR

 

Bachelor’s Degree in Pharmacy or Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm D.) AND a Master’s Degree in or pertinent to one or more of the following fields: Public Health, or Health Administration, AND a minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible relevant experience as a pharmacist in a healthcare delivery system with experience in public health. Preferably, the candidate should have experience with grants and/or in assuring pharmaceutical quality standards.  Ideally the candidate should have work experience in an international humanitarian setting, including work an emergency/ public health sectors of the USG, an IO, or an NGO.  Depending upon work experience within the USPHS, IHS may count toward the international humanitarian setting experience.

 

SELECTION FACTORS

(Determines basic eligibility for the position.  Applicants who do not meet all of the selection factors are considered NOT qualified for the position.)

  • Applicant is a U.S. Citizen.
  • Complete resume submitted. See cover page for resume requirements. Experience that cannot be quantified will not be counted towards meeting the solicitation requirements.
  • USPSC Application form AID 309-2. Applicants are required to complete sections A through I. This form must be physically signed. Electronic signatures will not be accepted.
  • Supplemental document specifically addressing the Quality Ranking Factors (QRFs) submitted.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Secret up to Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information level clearance as provided by USAID. 
  • Ability to obtain a Department of State medical clearance.
  • Must not appear as an excluded party in the System for Award Management (SAM.gov).
  • Satisfactory verification of academic credentials.

 

QUALITY RANKING FACTORS (QRFs)

(Used to determine the competitive ranking of qualified applicants in comparison to other applicants.  The factors are listed in priority order from highest to least.)

 

QRF #1           Describe your relevant experience in the design, implementation, coordination, management, and monitoring and evaluation in disaster response/preparedness/mitigation and humanitarian assistance.  Please focus primarily on experience with pharmaceutical supply chain management, processes, and techniques used to insure delivery of safe, effective and quality human and veterinary essential medicines within the framework of a public health or related organization and carrying out specialized public health program functions. Please also include any experience in retail, hospital, Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs) or academic or research settings or clinical practice in a rural (less than 10,000 population) setting. 

 

QRF #2           Describe your previous experience serving with the USG or with international organizations or NGOs while working in a disaster or humanitarian relief situation overseas. Please focus primarily on your experience specializing in emergency public health issues, provision of health services, epidemiology, and implementation of pharmacy quality assurance / quality control programs.  Please also include experience in developing reports, standard operating procedures, or guidelines.

 

QRF #3           Describe your previous experience with pharmaceutical donations, disposal of expired pharmaceuticals, and hand over of pharmaceuticals after a program has ended.

 

QRF #4           Give examples of your ability to work with a diverse array of individuals and organizations involved in disaster response/preparedness/mitigation and humanitarian assistance, including U.S. Government agencies (e.g., USAID, State Department, Department of Defense, CDC, PRM), international organizations, non-governmental organizations, and UN agencies.

 

BASIS OF RATING: Applicants who meet the Education/Experience requirements and Selection Factors will be further evaluated based on scoring of the QRF responses.  Those applicants determined to be competitively ranked may also be evaluated on interview performance and satisfactory professional reference checks.

 

Applicants are required to address each of the QRFs in a separate document describing specifically and accurately what experience, training, and/or education they have received as it pertains to each factor.  Be sure to include your name and the announcement number at the top of each additional page.  Failure to address the selection factors and/or Quality Ranking Factors may result in not receiving credit for all pertinent experience, education, and/or training.

 

The most qualified candidates may be interviewed and required to provide a writing sample. OFDA will not pay for any expenses associated with the interviews. Professional references and academic credentials will be evaluated for applicants being considered for selection. Note: Please be advised that references may be obtained independently from other sources in addition to the ones provided by an applicant. OFDA reserves the right to select additional candidates if vacancies become available during future phase of the selection process.

 

The Applicant Rating System is as Follows:

QRFs have been assigned the following points:

QRF #1 – 15 points

QRF #2 – 15 points

QRF #3 – 12 points

QRF #4 – 8 points

 

Interview Performance – 30 points

Satisfactory Professional Reference Checks – 20 points

Total Possible Points: 100

Application instructions

APPLYING:

Applications must be received by the closing date and time at the address specified in the cover letter.

Qualified individuals are required to submit:

  1. Complete resume. In order to fully evaluate your application, your resume must include:

(a)  Paid and non-paid experience, job title, location(s), dates held (month/year), and hours worked per week for each position. Dates (month/year) and locations for all field experience must also be detailed. Any experience that does not include dates (month/year), locations, and hours per week will not be counted towards meeting the solicitation requirements.

(b)  Specific duties performed that fully detail the level and complexity of the work.

(c) Names and contact information (phone/email) of your current and/or previous supervisor(s). Current and/or previous supervisors may be contacted for a reference.

(d)  Education and any other qualifications including job-related training courses, job-related skills, or job-related honors, awards or accomplishments.

(e)  U.S. Citizenship.

(f) Optional:  How did you hear about this opportunity? (FedBizOps, OFDA Jobs, Career Fair, etc.).

 

Your resume should contain sufficient information to make a valid determination that you fully meet the experience requirements as stated in this solicitation.  This information should be clearly identified in your resume.  Failure to provide information sufficient to determine your qualifications for the position will result in loss of full consideration. 

  1. USPSC Application form AID 309-2. Applicants are required to complete sections A through I. This form must be physically signed. Electronic signatures will not be accepted.

 

Additional documents submitted will not be accepted.

By submitting your application materials, you certify that all of the information on and attached to the application is true, correct, complete, and made in good faith. You agree to allow all information on and attached to the application to be investigated. False or fraudulent information on or attached to your application may result in you being eliminated from consideration for this position, or being terminated after award, and may be punishable by fine or imprisonment.

To ensure consideration of applications for the intended position, please reference the solicitation number on your application, and as the subject line in any email.

 

DOCUMENT SUBMITTALS

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