The Department of Technical Cooperation (TC) consists of the Office of the Deputy Director General, four regional Divisions (Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe and Latin America), the Division of Programme Support and Coordination and the Division of Programme of Action for Cancer Therapy (PACT). It provides strategic direction for the IAEA's Technical Cooperation programme, and is responsible (in close collaboration with Member States) for the planning, formulation, implementation and monitoring of the programme, in line with the IAEA's Medium Term Strategy.
The Divisions are responsible for planning, programming, implementing and monitoring the technical cooperation programme in accordance with the IAEA Medium Term Strategy and operational guidelines. This includes the development of Country Programme Frameworks and the formulation and implementation of projects which respond to relevant developmental priorities. Projects are expected to foster the self-reliance of Member States in the sustainable application of nuclear techniques, resource mobilization and partnerships building, and to enhance regional collaboration and cooperation, leading to greater recognition of the IAEA as a partner in development.
The Division of Programme Support and Coordination is responsible for enhancing quality and transparency in the design, delivery and monitoring of the technical cooperation programme through timely, accurate and effective support services. These involve strategies, concepts and tools, communication and partnership services, and planning and coordination of policy matters and procedures. TCPC services also involve overall guidance and coordination of the management of financial resources, IT services, and the provision of information to senior management and Member States, including the drafting of reports to the Board of Governors and the General Conference.
The objective of PACT is to enable Member States to introduce, expand and improve their cancer care capacity by integrating radiotherapy into a comprehensive cancer control programme that maximizes its therapeutic effectiveness and public health impact. The Division of PACT is headed by the Director of PACT, who reports directly to the Deputy Director General of the Department of Technical Cooperation.
In 2009, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the IAEA signed an agreement to complement each other's efforts in the fight against cancer in low- and middle income countries, particularly on capacity building for cancer control planning and implementation of appropriate interventions and strategies, and to collaborate on raising awareness and new funding for cancer control activities at national, regional and international level through a WHO/IAEA Joint Programme for Cancer Control. The Director of PACT has been assigned the role as the IAEA's Joint Programme Coordinator by the Director General.
PACT is a recognized and high-profile flagship initiative for the IAEA whose success will help mould the IAEA's future approach to the funding of cooperative development programming. To this end, the Division of PACT is expected to be a role model in coordinated, collaborative, transparent and structured programme implementation through the IAEA's one-house approach, as well as an innovator and driver of a structured long-term approach to resource mobilization.
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