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ANNOUNCEMENT #1:
Dec 11, 2020

Archiving of ADS Chapter 253, Participant Training for Capacity Development

ADS Chapter 253, Participant Training for Capacity Development, has been archived and the requirement to enter in-country and third-country Participant Training data into the Agency’s Training and Exchanges Automated Management System (TEAMS) rescinded.

As part of the Agency’s continuing focus on debarnacling to create a more field-oriented, functionally-aligned, and responsive Agency, the chapter has been archived, by the Bureau for Management, Office of Management Policy, Budget, and Performance (M/MPBP) in collaboration with the Bureau for Development, Democracy and Innovation, Center for Education (formerly the Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment, Office of Education (E3/ED)). This action was taken to conform with Agency Transformation and:

  • Separate USAID Visa Compliance from Participant Training as a distinct Agency program function, now relocated from the former E3/ED to M/MPBP.
  • Recognize adult-learning expertise exists within most technical teams across the Agency, negating the continued need to staff and maintain Participant Training (PT) as a separate technical function.

Henceforth, with the retirement of this ADS chapter, USAID will no longer use the unique term “Participant Training” and Operating Units (OU) will no longer be required to follow the associated requirements contained in this archived Agency policy, when implementing adult-learning as a type of USAID technical assistance.

One significant resulting procedural change is that OUs will no longer be required to enter in-country and third-country Participant Training data into the Agency’s Training and Exchanges Automated Management System (TEAMS) -- although OUs may optionally continue to do so, since the TEAMS functionality will continue to exist. Other retired requirements for in-country and third-country participant training include:

- PT as a defined USAID term;

- Program design considerations (e.g., human performance factors, program venue selection criteria, “Experience America” public diplomacy component, program workload and participant engagement requirements, program stakeholders compacts, etc.);

- Participant eligibility and selection requirements;

- Cost control measures and cost tracking requirements (e.g., defined program cost-categories, maximum tuition caps, participant maintenance rate formulas, maximum participant lodging and per diem caps, program provider selection guidelines, etc.);

- In-country and third-country program monitoring and reporting requirements;

- Program file documentation and alumni support requirements.

OUs may choose to retain and tailor components of the archived ADS 253 chapter in respective Mission Orders or Office Directives. To request a copy of this archived chapter, please send an email to ads@usaid.gov.

OUs must continue to comply with all requirements for Exchange Visitors in the United States as specified in ADS 252, Visa Compliance for Exchange Visitors (https://www.usaid.gov/ads/policy/200/252).

Last updated: June 24, 2021

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