The Organization of American States, first receive a mandate to open OAS on July 1, 1953 when the Pan-American Union (later to be renamed the OAS) in an Extraordinary Session of the Permanent Council decided to initially establish four Offices away from Headquarter. Currently there are 28 Offices operating in the Western Hemisphere.
Offices Responsibilities and Purpose
Offices in the Member States are representatives of the OAS General Secretariat throughout the Western Hemisphere. OGSMS are responsible for executing organizational mandates in Member States and for monitoring projects in direct coordination with local executing agencies and the respective Secretariat or Department in Headquarters. Among the major functions of the Offices are:
Broad oversight responsibility for the OAS Country Offices is assigned to the Coordinating Office. Hence, Representatives report directly to the Coordinator in the Office of the Assistant Secretary General (OASG). They are expected to correspond directly with, and are functionally responsive to the Coordinating Office; and must comply with, and are accountable to the General Secretariat with regard to Administrative Memoranda, rules and regulations of the Organization.
Offices Representatives are assigned as head of the Offices and serve as focal points and primary interface between the OAS and the country’s government. Representatives are also responsible for the proper administration and management of the material, financial and human resources of their Offices.
The OGSMS play an important role in the overall institutional performance, especially because they assume the daily coordination with country authorities and executing agencies.
Offices main activities and functions can be described as follows:
The Coordinating Office serves as a link between the OAS General Secretariat and the Country Offices. Our mission is to inform on successful events, projects, and accomplishments on our Offices in Member States. At the same time, the Office of the Assistant Secretary General through the Coordinating Office monitor and ensure the financial integrity and accountability of the financial activities of the OAS Country Offices.
Our main functions are to: