U.S. on the Evaluation of Technical Cooperation Activities in 2019

IAEA Technical Assistance and Cooperation Committee Meeting

November 18-19, 2019

Agenda Item 3. Evaluation of Technical Cooperation Activities in 2019

U.S. Statement as delivered by Alternate Permanent Representative Keith Anderton

Madam Chair,

The United States commends the Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) for its evaluation of technical cooperation activities in 2019, as contained in GOV/2019/53. The report underscores the key role that OIOS plays in improving the IAEA’s efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability.

We express our continued support for OIOS’s important role in independently reviewing and evaluating the work of the IAEA. We urge the Secretariat to continue to take steps to implement OIOS recommendations within the timeframe stipulated and to emphasize results-based management. We note favorably the OIOS finding that the Agency’s support to Member States continues to have an overall positive impact and is responsive to the needs of Member States. To sustain this positive impact, we welcome continued OIOS attention to the Technical Cooperation (TC) Program and we support applying the Agency resources needed to maintain this effort.

We appreciate the work undertaken by OIOS to complete three Country-Level Evaluation and Audits (CLEAs) in Argentina, Colombia, and El Salvador, noting that all three CLEAs emphasized the positive impact of the IAEA in its programming in these three countries. We further note with great appreciation the effort by OIOS to synthesize the results and report on cross-cutting risks and issues from the evaluations and audits conducted in 2019. We welcome Agency efforts to address those common themes. We encourage the Agency to coordinate and communicate with other entities and organizations in the United Nations system as well as other relevant development agencies and partners to promote efficiencies and improve effectiveness of its work.

We applaud this year’s OIOS report for highlighting the importance of strengthening the Agency’s approach to outcome monitoring and to promoting corporate knowledge management. We encourage the Agency to fully implement a results-based management approach and to continue to demonstrate accountability to Member States through the monitoring of TC project outcomes. We note the OIOS recommendation that the Secretariat should formulate a comprehensive outcome monitoring framework for the TC Program that defines the approach, roles and responsibilities of all stakeholders, including Member States, as part of this effort. We welcome its recommendation that this framework should promote the new Country Program Framework (CPF) template, especially among Member States that do not currently have one, to facilitate a results-based approach to outcome monitoring. We also applaud the report for specifically emphasizing the importance of incorporating gender equality indicators into monitoring and evaluation guidelines for TC projects.

We support efforts to address the gap of corporate knowledge management, as identified in the OIOS report, to ensure that past programmatic knowledge, proven lessons learned and good practices, and current program data are available to help with staff transition and to avoid duplicating efforts across this large and productive organization. These efforts will enable the IAEA to provide more efficient and effective support to Member States.We welcome OIOS efforts to improve its methodologies for reviews in 2020, and we look forward to an increased number of CLEAs in this next TC Program cycle.

With these comments, the United States takes note of this year’s OIOS Evaluation Report as contained in IAEA document GOV/2019/53.

Thank you, Madam Chair.