Recruitment Of Project Management Staff For Sada Zonal Office (GCAP)

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REPUBLIC OF GHANA

MINISTRY OF FOOD AND AGRICULTURE

GHANA COMMERCIAL AGRICULTURE PROJECT (GCAP) – GHANA

(P114264)

 

Background

The Government of Ghana led by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA), in collaboration with the World Bank and USAID is currently preparing the Ghana Commercial Agriculture Project (GCAP). The project is being approached in two phases, the Project Preparation phase for which advance funding has already been received and contracts for preparatory activities of the project either ongoing or in the procurement process; and the main project phase which has recently been negotiated and likely to be effective in the course of the year. This consultancy service covers activities in both phases.

The proposed project will improve the investment climate for agri-business and establish inclusive PPPs aimed at increasing on-farm productivity and value addition in selected value chains. The project will have four components: (i) strengthening investment promotion infrastructure and facilitating secure access to land; (ii) securing PPPs and small-holder linkages in the Accra Plains; (iii) securing PPPs and small-holder linkages in the area under the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA); and (iv) Project Management and Monitoring & Evaluation.

The broad activities under each Component are confirmed as the following:

Component 1: Strengthening investment promotion infrastructure, facilitating secure access to land. This component will promote a secure investment climate that clarifies and strengthens the rights and obligations of investors, government and affected communities, and support an improved mechanism for facilitating access to land by reducing the search costs to potential investors through an expansion of a database of land suitable and available for investors and by building on nascent mechanisms for actively matching potential investors with suitable land owners.

Component 2: Securing Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) and smallholder linkages in the Accra Plains. This component will involve the identification and realization of private investments in the agricultural value chain through irrigation-based PPPs in the Accra Plains. This component will support the first transaction of Ghana’s PPP agenda (which extends beyond agriculture) and will draw on support to the MoFEP’s PPP Unit. It will support all necessary tasks of ‘taking the PPP to market’ including the provision of any viability gap financing. It will also strengthen community benefit sharing mechanisms by directly supporting smallholder linkages through out-grower schemes and contract farming arrangements as well as other improved arrangements for benefit sharing through corporate social responsibility and revenue management at the local level.

Component 3: Securing PPPs and smallholder linkages in the Savanna Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) region. This component will involve the identification and realization of private investments in the agricultural value chain through PPPs. Investors could be local or international and would cover both production and processing activities as well as ancillary businesses. It will also strengthen community benefit sharing mechanisms by directly supporting smallholder linkages through out-grower schemes and contract farming arrangements as well as other improved arrangements for benefit sharing through corporate social responsibility and revenue management at the local level.

Component 4: Project Management and Monitoring & Evaluation. This component would finance the operational costs of project management including monitoring and evaluation activities. It would also include necessary training and capacity building for the staff.

(i)                POSITION: ZONAL COORDINATOR

OBJECTIVES OF THE ASSIGNMENT

The Ghana Commercial Agriculture Project (GCAP) has identified the SADA Zone as a particular focus for project interventions to attract Private Investment  along  the Value Chain. The Project intends to engage an individual professional as a Zonal Coordinator to  oversee  the  implementation  of project  activities  in the SADA  Zone.

SCOPE OF SERVICES

The SADA Coordinator shall work in close consultation with the Project Coordinator of the PIU. He/She   will discuss issues that would affect the efficient implementation of the  activities  in the SADA  Zone with the Project Coordinator and agree on the ways to resolve them.  Within this context, the officer will carry out  the ff:

  • Co-ordinate and supervise the activities of staff in the Zonal office in the implementation of the project in the SADA zone towards achieving GCAP’s objectives;
  • Undertake regular visits to the field to support implementation of project activities and to  recommend  activities for  adaptation where necessary based on field knowledge;

Ensure timely and coherent delivery of programme services;

  • Assess the business climate in the agricultural sector in the SADA Zone and use any insights gained to  suggest products that will be appealing to commercial agricultural investors / providers  of land for commercial agriculture
    • Facilitate the granting of incentives as per the national investment laws to the potential investor
    • Collaborate with other focal persons within and outside the PIU for timely and quality project progress and implementation reports for submission to GCAP Head Office in  accordance with reporting procedures;
    • Oversee the monitoring  of all project activities in the SADA zone  in line with agreed targets with the M&E Specialist of the PIU;
    • Organize Technical  Programmes, Workshops, Seminars and Training Sessions for the Zone in consultation with Project Implementation Unit, (PIU);
    • Maintain records, with the support of the administrative assistant and the M&E Officer,  on technical and financial aspects of project operation;
    • Monitoring reports of project activities and their outcomes.
    •  Minutes of meetings and workshops highlighting decisions and recommendations  to guide project implementation.
    • Supervise the preparation of Annual Work Plan and Budget (AWPB) ,in relation to progress and challenges of project implementation, for the Zone and its incorporation into the composite AWPB for the GCAP;
    • Assist and facilitate duty visits by PIU, Consultants, Implementation Support Mission (ISM) among others;
  • Undertake any other duties as may be reasonably assigned by the Project Coordinator.

 

Performance Criteria

The following criteria will be used to assess the performance of the SADA Zonal Coordinator  at regular intervals and based upon which the contract with the PIU may be continued or terminated:

  • Timeliness of implementation and coordination of project activities in the SADA  zone.
  • Quality  and  timeliness of reports to the PIU.

 

REPORTING, COORDINATION AND TIME SCHEDULES
  • The Zonal Coordinator will report to the Project Coordinator of GCAP  located within the Ministry of Food and Agriculture in Accra.
  • S/he will work closely with the PIU and  the Technical Committee of  GCAP in relation to the implementation of  the project in the SADA zone.
  • S/he will work closely with staff of partnering MDAs in the SADA zone (located in Tamale, Bolgatanga, and Wa) . S/he will also work with staff or contractors of relevant donor agencies (e.g. USAID, DfID) as relevant.
  • S/he will prepare  Quarterly, Semi-Annual and Annual reports as inputs into the Project Implementation Unit’s Management Reports and will prepare other reports, as and when needed.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCES REQUIRED

A Masters Degree in administration, management, agriculture, rural development, planning, statistics economics, social science or other relevant field:

  • Strong management skills including ability to provide strategic guidance and  technical oversight  to staff.
  • A minimum of 10 years’ experience and a strong track record of investor engagement    in development projects especially in the agricultural sector .
  • Experience in carrying out stakeholder consultations and organizing workshops/seminars  for Investors will be an asset;
  • Very good skills in the development of  workplans, and management of budgets and project expenditures;
  • Conversant with Ghana’s investment code and incentives for investment in the agriculture sector.
  • Good interpersonal skills with experience in networking with partners at all levels (ministry, donors, private sector, NGOs and local community based organizations);
  • Working relationship between MoFA and the key implementing Agencies of GCAP is very essential;
  • Familiarity with Ghana’s  Agriculture sector with emphasis on the SADA zone.
  • Proven track record in working effectively within multidisciplinary teams;
  • Excellent time management skills, with an ability to deliver high-quality outputs on time;
  • Capacity to work under tight deadlines and to handle potentially controversial and/or very sensitive issues that require, initiative, clarity, accuracy and speedy responses;
  • Knowledge of gender inclusion practice as it relates to the Ghanaian rural and cultural context;
  • Candidate must be computer literate and should have good verbal and written English language skills

 

(ii)  POSITION: MONITORING & EVALUATION OFFICER
THE OBJECTIVES OF THE ASSIGNMENT

The Ghana Commercial Agriculture Project (GCAP) envisages monitoring and evaluation  as a forward-looking activity given the likelihood of continued support to commercial agriculture in Ghana beyond the GCAP lifetime and future GoG reforms in the sector.

The Project intends to engage an individual professional Monitoring and Evaluation Officer for the SADA Zonal Office  to work with the SADA Zonal Coordinator  and  the Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist in the Project Implementation Unit (PIU) to provide services with a view to ensure adequate reporting on progress towards the development objectives especially in the SADA zone and to lay a solid foundation of data and information on which evidenced-informed programming and policy-making can take place and coordination between development partners and GoG can be facilitated.

He/She will provide valuable sector-specific information to the Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist of GCAP for feed-back to Ministry of Finance on outcomes of public-private partnership arrangements and also to SADA on the contribution that commercial agriculture can make to poverty alleviation and job creation.

 

The M&E Officer will be guided by the M&E manual and will assist the M&E specialist generate and implement an M&E framework and information management system of the Project that adheres to the project management information needs and implementation requirements of the World Bank and other donors.

The specific objective of the assignment is to provide M&E support to the project in the SADA zone  to determine performance and progress toward achieving outputs and outcomes as outlined in the project document, M&E manual and M&E framework.

 

SCOPE OF SERVICES

The Monitoring and Evaluation Officer will be responsible for monitoring and evaluation system management with stakeholder participation . The Officer will conduct the tasks identified below by applying sound technical practices and methods; collecting and making use of available and necessary data in carrying out the assignment. The M&E officer  shall work in close consultation with the SADA Zonal Coordinator of GCAP and the M&E Specialist of the PIU. The Officer will discuss issues that would affect efficient information monitoring and evaluation management with the M&E Specialist and the SADA Zonal Coordinator  and agree on the ways to resolve them.

The specific functions of  the M&E Officer will cover but not limited to the following:

  • Assist  the M&E Specialist undertake a Baseline Survey for the project. This survey will collect information that will aid in project planning as well as provide a basis for monitoring and evaluating the impact of the project.
  • Design a project performance monitoring, evaluation and reporting system for the SADA zone which is aligned to the overall Monitoring Framework of the project, including roles and responsibilities for implementation under the supervision of the M&E Specialist.
  • Responsible for data collation, entry and generation of  analyzed data and information on all M&E activities in the SADA zone
  • Collaborate with other focal persons for timely submission of data  in the form and format required for reporting;
  •  Maintain an appropriate MIS system to monitor and evaluate progress in achieving the project outputs and outcomes in the SADA zone at key junctures during the project period  to assess progress towards achieving project’s objectives.
  • Assist the M&E Specialist measure and evaluate Project Impact. This will include undertaking the Project’s mid-term impact evaluation and the final impact evaluation survey and measuring results against the baseline.
  • Develop where necessary, refine and implement, together with the SADA Zonal Coordinator, M&E Specialist  and  the Project Management Unit and project teams, the projects planning and M&E and MIS system.
  • Assist the M&E Specialist strengthen the capacity of the project implementing agencies in the SADA zone monitor project impacts and use the MIS (reporting functions related to M&E only) by providing on-the-job training.
  • Undertake regular visits to the field to support implementation of M&E and to identify where adaptations might be needed;
  • Guide the regular sharing of the outputs of M&E findings with Implementing Agencies and primary stakeholders in the SADA zone;
  • Check that monitoring data are discussed in the appropriate forum and in a timely fashion in terms of implications for future actions. If necessary, create such discussion forums to fill any gaps.
  • Participate and facilitate Mission Team Members’ access to monitoring and evaluation data and to stakeholders as well as direct personal knowledge of the field situation in the SADA zone.
  • Through the regular M&E system will incorporate learning activities throughout: through stakeholder review activities, impact studies, cross-visits, field monitoring visits, to ensure lesson learning and feedback mechanisms
  • Will assist in the supervision of the annual value chain survey which will monitor the commercial agriculture value chain and the  participation of smallholders in it.
  • Undertake any other duties as may be reasonably assigned by the SADA Zonal Coordinator.

 

Performance Criteria

The following criteria will be used to assess the performance of the M&E Specialist at regular intervals and based upon which the contract with the PIU may be continued or terminated:

  • Timeliness of project monitoring and evaluation management activities;
  • Quality of documentation submitted for prior review
  • Quality and timeliness of reports
REPORTING AND TIME SCHEDULES
The Specialist will prepare Quarterly, Semi-Annual and Annual M&E reports to the SADA Zonal Coordinator and the M&E Specialist as inputs into the Zonal Report and the overall Project Management Reports and in addition, will prepare other reports, as and when needed.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCES REQUIRED
  • A Bachelors degree in Agriculture, administration, management, economics, social sciences, Statistics, Development studies or other related field
  • At least 5 years experience in designing and implementing monitoring and evaluation programmes and projects monitoring and evaluation.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of participatory M&E systems, project performance monitoring system, benefit monitoring and evaluation, or other relevant experience
  • Capacity to work under tight deadlines and to handle potentially controversial and/or very sensitive issues that require clarity, accuracy and speedy responses.
  • Must have excellent computing skills.
  • Membership of a Professional Body will be an advantage.
  • Proven ability to multi-task and work independently;
  • Highly self-motivated, confident and with good interpersonal skill;
  • Ability to arrange and facilitate consultations, meetings and workshops;
  • Proven ability to produce quality reports (quantitative and qualitative data, photos, charts, maps),
  • Very good computer skills including use of technical software for M&E purposes such as SPSS, Stata, and Microsoft Excel
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. .
  • Fluency in English language.

 

(iii)  POSITION: PROJECT ACCOUNTANT
Objectives of the Assignment

 The Ghana Commercial Agriculture Project (GCAP) has identified the SADA Zone as a particular focus for project interventions to attract Private Investment along the Value Chain. The Project intends to engage an individual professional as a Project Accountant to oversee the implementation of project activities in the SADA Zone.

The objective of this assignment is to establish and implement sound financial management practices for the effective management of the financial matters of the GCAP and to deploy project resources for the intended purposes in accordance with the relevant GOG financial management requirements and Development Credit Agreement (DCA) between the World Bank and the Government. The Project Accountant – SADA ZONE will produce the required relevant and accurate financial reports on a timely basis to enable the Financial Management Specialist carry out his oversight function and the zonal implementing unit to plan, coordinate, monitor and implement project activities in the SADA ZONE.

 

Scope of Work

The project accountant will be responsible for all accounting, internal control and other financial management functions within the SADA Zone .The main tasks will be as follows:

Project Accountant

  • Maintain all accounting records in line with approved accounting standards and in line with the World Bank  and  Government  of Ghana regulations;
  • Prepare periodic reports, (i.e. monthly/quarterly/annually) in the formats approved by the PIU;
  • Draw up annual budgets and work plans together with the GCAP zonal staff;
  • Ensure prompt release of funds, once approved, to beneficiaries;
  • Maintain and update relevant books and records for the Project including a Fixed Asset Register;
  • Ensure that all accounting records are updated promptly;
  • Prepare monthly bank reconciliations of all Bank accounts;
  • Together with the GCAP management, maintain, develop and update the Financial Procedures Manual on a regular basis;
  • Together with the GCAP staff ensure strict adherence to installed internal control systems for all areas of project operation;
  • Liaise with the internal/external auditors and follow up on audit queries and recommendations documented in management letters;
  • Issue receipts, prepare payment vouchers and maintain cash records in accordance with laid down procedures;
  • Maintain an Advance Payments Register and monitor advances settlement;
  • Manage the petty cash float and maintain the petty cash book;
  • Ensure petty cash disbursements are appropriately and adequately documented;
  • Ensure that Cheques are accurately written in the name of beneficiaries;
  • Maintain  a  Cheque Issued Register;
  • Ensure invoices submitted for payment at the Zonal Secretariat are promptly attended to and processed
  • Perform any other functions as directed by the Financial Management Specialist of GCAP
Conduct of Work

The Project Accountant will operate at the GCAP Office within SADA Zone in Tamale. The assignment will be for two years, with the possibility of renewal subject to work requirements and satisfactory performance..

The Project Accountant will report to the Zonal Coordinator with the Financial Management Specialist of GCAP having oversight responsibility. He/She will ensure the financial requirements under the Project are developed and implemented efficiently and effectively in the SADA Zone.  Annual work plans will be prepared and approved by the Zonal Coordinator and submitted to the GCAP secretariat in Accra.

Competency and Expertise Requirements

The successful candidate will have the following qualifications, expertise& experience:

  • A  recognized degree in accounting, pursuing a professional accounting qualification (part Qualified) or a Master’s Degree in Accounting, Business or Finance will be an added advantage;
  • At least 6-10 years of work in a complex environment working as an accountant. Internal Audit experience would be an added advantage;
  • Experience in interpreting financial management reports, analyzing variations to plans and determining remedial actions required;
  • Excellent technical and conceptual knowledge about financial management and grasp of financial principles and practices;
  • Knowledge of public sector accounting procedures and operational knowledge of international and country financial and accounting management practices, including MIS applications
  • Analytical skills, ability to develop and implement accounting systems;
  • Strong computer skills especially in Microsoft office application software and use of computerized accounting systems;
  • Report writing and presentation skills;
  • Fluency in written and oral English is essential

 

(iv)  POSITION: SOCIAL SCIENCE OFFICER
THE OBJECTIVES OF THE ASSIGNMENT

To ensure that measures to promote social inclusion, equity of benefits, community participation, feedback mechanisms, etc. as detailed in the Project Implementation Manual (PIM) are developed and implemented in the SADA Zone.

SCOPE OF SERVICES

The Social Science Officer shall work in close consultation with the SADA Zonal Coordinator of GCAP and the Social Scientist of the PIU.

The specific functions of the Science Officer will cover but not limited to the following:

Specifically the Social Science Officer will:

  • Take the lead in identifying necessary social studies, preparation of social mitigation instruments and implementation of relevant design measures including gender inclusion, benefit sharing, and other social development issues in the SADA zone .
  • In collaboration with the Social Scientist provide technical advice to the Zonal Coordinator on the elements of the project related to institutional strengthening including development of the land facilitation mechanism, the model lease agreement, the framework and tools for negotiation and benefit sharing, etc.
  • Liaise with Social Scientist to ensure the implementation of community engagement processes as detailed in the PIM and, where necessary, promote efforts at adaptive management of project implementation based on community consultations.
  • Together with the Social Scientist, establish a mechanism for consultations with all relevant stakeholders including community members, traditional authorities, and civil society. Work closely with the Social Scientist in formulating and implementing outreach activities to civil society groups with a particular focus on groups in the SADA zone.
  • Lead efforts to collect information on non-state entities with project-relevant technical skills.
  • Operationalize the grievance redress mechanism detailed in the PIM and assume overall responsibility for the mechanism including monitoring its performance, identifying trends in the nature of grievances and institutional responses to grievances.
  • Identify relevant capacity development needs and responses to those needs for appropriate personnel on implementing and monitoring relevant measures, as required.
  • Undertake field visits as required to the project sites to supervise the implementation of project activities, ensure alignment with project objectives, and identify development risks and opportunities.
  • Report on any issue identified in implementing the project, including the provisions of the ESMF, RPF, and PIM and provide recommendations to the Zonal Coordinator on how they could be addressed.
  • Work closely with partnering MDAs in the SADA Zone
  • Undertake other duties as directed by the Zonal Coordinator of the SADA Zone
Performance Criteria

The following criteria will be used to assess the performance of the Social Science Officer at regular intervals and based upon which the contract with the PIU may be continued or terminated:

  • Timeliness of project monitoring and evaluation management activities;
  • Quality of documentation submitted for prior review
  • Quality and timeliness of reports
REPORTING AND TIME SCHEDULES

The Social Science Officer will liaise with the M&E Officer to prepare reports to the SADA Zonal Coordinator as inputs into the Zonal Report and the overall Project Management Reports and in addition, will prepare other reports, as and when needed.

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCES REQUIRED

The following qualifications are required:

  • At least a Bachelors degree in sociology, anthropology, political science, or a related field. Post graduate qualification will be an added advantage
  • A minimum of 5 years experience and a track record of undertaking social monitoring of in development projects.
  • Must be conversant with World Bank safeguard policies and Ghana’s environmental regulations and procedures.
  • Practical experience working on community development methodologies such as participatory planning, land use mapping, and consultation.
  •  Knowledge of Ghana’s social institutions especially in regard to land tenure, natural resource management, social inclusion, and gender and their roles in governance at the central, regional, districts and community levels.
  • Knowledge of gender inclusion practice (access to natural resources, voice, representation, participation, etc.) especially as it relates to the Ghanaian rural and cultural context.
  • Significant experience working in Ghana.
  • Fluency in spoken and written English.  Ability to present clear, concise, accurate and structured reports.
  • Ability to prepare and deliver coherent presentations to a range of different audiences including community based organizations.

 

The following qualifications are preferred:

  • Familiarity with the agriculture sector.
  • Self-motivated, dynamic and able to relate easily in a multi-cultural environment.

 

(v) POSITION: ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER
THE OBJECTIVES OF THE ASSIGNMENT

Applications are invited from suitably qualified individuals for the position of Administrative Officer in the Ghana Commercial Agric Project of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture in the SADA Zonal office.

The Administrative Officer shall ensure an effective and efficient administrative system and provide secretarial/office services to staff and other stakeholders operating at the Zonal Project Implementation Unit (ZPIU).

 

Specific responsibilities will include but not limited to
  1. Handle confident matters, draft routine correspondence and follow-up on programme matters effectively.
  2. Maintain an efficient  filing  and administrative systems
  3. Organize meetings/workshops and co-ordinate travel arrangements  of  Project Officers and  Consultants among  others
  4. Coordinate and supervise all administrative procedures including the organization of all programme offices
  5. Must be prepared to work under pressure with minimal or no supervision
  6. Must be prepared to work for long hour and on weekends as and when necessary
  7. Organize support for PIU Specialists    during programmes activities in  the  SADA Zone.
  8.  Ensure regular maintenance and servicing of all office equipment and vehicles.
  9. Carry out other duties that may be assigned by the   Zonal  Project Coordinator,

 Qualification

  • A minimum of a First Degree in Administration   or its equivalent qualification to Management/secretarial studies
  • At least 3 years work experience
  • Must have computer literate  in Microsoft Office applications, internet and Emails and other related computer programming skills
  • Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality in operations
  • Must have good communication skills, and be proficient in the English language both written and oral.
  • Be familiar with modern office equipment, be self motivated and energetic,
  • Must be well organized with good interpretational skills
  • Be willing and able to work in a team, take initiatives, solve problems and contribute to programme success.  
  • Work experience in  donor funded projects is an advantage
POSITION: DRIVERS (3)
  • Under the direct supervision of the Project Coordinator of the GCAP, the Driver will be responsible for the following duties:
Scope of work
  • Drive office vehicles for the transport of authorized personnel.
  • Meet officials at the airport and facilitate immigration and customs formalities as required.
  • Collect and deliver mail, documents, and other items.
  •  Ensure that all vehicles comply with the Minimum Operating Security Standards (MOSS).
  • Take care of the day to day maintenance of assigned vehicles, check oil, water, battery and brakes.
  • Log official trips, daily mileage, gas consumption, oil changes and greasing.
  •  Follow all rules and regulations in relation to the management of GCAP vehicles.
  •  Perform other related duties as required.

 

Skills and Competencies

  • Able to work under minimal supervision and be proactive and initiative.
  • Integrity, flexible approaches to work coupled with enthusiasm, commitment and

energy.

  • The ability to work in a multi-cultural and multi-national environment.
  • Ability to perform multiple tasks and work under pressure with a wide range

individuals and institutions.

  • Maintenance of confidentiality at all times.

 

Education, Training and Experience

  • · Minimum Middle School Leaving Certificate or BECE.
  • · Drivers Licence at least ten (10) years old.
  • · Training in Mechanics will be an added advantage.
  • · At least five (5) years working experience as a Driver for Government Organization or established Institution.

 

COMMON CONSIDERATIONS

Remuneration: Competitive salary

Terms of Payment: Payments will be made in equal end-of-month payments of agreed amount subject to completion of core reporting responsibilities as laid out in the Assignment Work plan.

 

Location:           Tamale

Duration:          Two (2) years (renewable yearly based on satisfactory performance)

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Qualified and interested applicants should send application letters with copies of curriculum vitae, certificates and other relevant documentation to:

The Chief Director

Ministry of Food and Agriculture

PO Box M 37, Accra, Ghana

Closing Date: 3.00p.m. on Friday 9th August 2013

For further information please contact:

THE PROJCT COORDINATOR

GHANA COMMERCIAL AGRICULTURE PROJECT (GCAP)

MINISTRY OF FOOD AND AGRICULTURE (MOFA)

PO BOX MB.37, ACCRA

alabibortey@gmail.com

Tel: + 233-20-0198921

 

Applicants are to include direct contacts (reliable telephone, fax numbers and email address) in their applications in order to facilitate early and easy contact. Only short listed applicants will be contacted.

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