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Glossary of Terms Used for USAID's Automated Directives System (ADS) - Updated 07/15/2011 Partial Revision

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J-1 Visa

A non-immigrant visa issued by the Department of State for an individual who has a residence in a foreign country which he or she has no intention of abandoning and who is coming to the U.S. Temporarily as a participant in a program designated by the Department of State (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 253). A non-immigrant visa issued by the U.S. Embassy for an individual who has a residence in a foreign country which he has no intention of abandoning and who is coming temporarily to the U.S. as a Exchange Visitor for the purpose of consulting. demonstrating special skills. presenting. lecturing. conducting research. attending professional meetings, conferences, workshops, or observational study tours, and degree and non-degree academic studies (full course load) and specialty and non-specialty training activities (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 252).

Job Analysis

The process of identifying the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics essential to a position in order to provide a job related basis for evaluation and selection for the position (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 418).

Job Code

A six-digit code included in GAO notification letters that identifies and tracks a review in progress. This number is used until issuance of a final report number by GAO (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 593).

Job Sharing

A form of part-time employment in which the schedules of two part-time employees are arranged to cover the duties of a single full-time position. Job sharers are subject to the same personnel rules as other part-time employees (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 413).

Joint Country Assistance Strategy

A joint country assistance strategy encompasses all USG foreign assistance programs funded under the Foreign Assistance Act. It summarizes and prioritizes the USG's country-specific foreign assistance goals over a five year period. Developed in consultation with the host government as well as with key stakeholders the plan reflects U.S. government commitment to partnership with the host-country and other international donors, both public and private, in addressing the country's development problems. It provides a vision of what the country will look like in five years, if the assistance goals are achieved (See also USAID Country Strategic Plan) (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapters 200-203).

Joint Country Awards Committee (Jcac)

An advisory group established by the chief of Mission to review nominations for awards for the staff of the agencies under that official's jurisdiction. The Committee will normally include members from all of the agencies represented at post (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 491).

Joint Financial Management Improvement Program (Jfmip)

The Joint Financial Management Improvement Program defines financial management system requirements in a series of documents called the Federal Financial Management System Requirements (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 620).

Joint Issuances

Joint issuances are Uniform Foreign Affairs Regulations jointly developed by various foreign affairs agencies (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 501).

Joint State - Usaid Awards

These jointly administered awards are open to employees of the Department of State and USAID and are awarded by the Secretary of State. These awards may or may not contain a monetary component. Joint State - USAID awards are the Secretary's Award, the Award for Heroism, the Luther I. Replogle Award for Management Improvement, and the Herbert Salzman Award for Excellence in International Economic Performance (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 491).

Joint State-Usaid Mission Statement

The joint Mission Statement is Advance freedom for the benefit of the American people and the international community by helping to build and sustain a more democratic, secure, and prosperous world composed of well-governed states that respond to the needs of their people, reduce widespread poverty, and act responsibly within the international system. (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapters 200-203).

Joint State-Usaid Strategic Plan

The latest version of the Plan covers the period 2007-2012. Issued in June 2007, it articulates a vision of transformational diplomacy focused on five key development objectives, whereby countries receiving USG foreign assistance progress along a continuum from rebuilding to sustainable partnership. Each stage of the continuum includes a well-defined end goal and a graduation trajectory. Working with host countries on a partnership basis to strengthen their institutional and management capacity is central to the Plan (See also Joint Country Assistance Strategy, USAID Country Strategic Plan) (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapters 200-203).

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