The Department of Technical Cooperation is one of six Departments comprising the IAEA. It is responsible for leading the formulation and delivery of the Agency’s development programme, also referred to as the technical cooperation programme. This cross-departmental programme aims to promote tangible socioeconomic impacts in IAEA Member States, supporting the use of appropriate nuclear science and technology to address major sustainable development priorities at the national, regional and interregional levels.The organizational structure of the Department is shown here.
The Department of Technical Cooperation is responsible for Major Programme 6, concentrating on the delivery of support in six thematic areas (human health, agricultural productivity and food security, water resource management, environmental protection, physical and chemical applications and sustainable energy development, together with a seventh crosscutting thematic area, safety and security), and supporting the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. Working closely with the Agency’s technical Departments, which provide technical expertise and backstopping, the Department of Technical Cooperation interacts on an ongoing basis with national authorities in Member States at every stage of the technical cooperation programme, from initial formulation to implementation and evaluation.
The Department of Technical Cooperation takes a leading role in managing and implementing the TC Programme, coordinating all TC related activities in-house. Specific areas of competency for this role are sound understanding of international development cooperation, and policy dialogue and strategy development. These two core competencies have evolved over the past five decades, in tandem with the evolving abilities of Member States, and are among the most important resources available to the Agency as a whole. The Department also contains significant competencies in participatory results-based programming and partnership building, key areas that have become priorities over the past ten years. Last, but by no means least, the Department is the seat of all TCF programme and project financial and budgetary management, and maintains a knowledge bank of TC programming for the past fifty years. In short, the Department offers a mechanism for preserving country level knowledge and continuity, a tool for understanding the ‘big picture’ in the country/region and a vehicle for providing orchestrated, comprehensive responses to the needs of Member States. It provides a single window for Member States to all TC-related activities.