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About the ITEN Technical Cooperation Missions

1. What are the ITEN Technical Cooperation Missions? The ITEN Technical Cooperation Missions are field visits financed by ITEN, which aim to support institutional strengthening of Ministries of Education of OAS member states. The missions promote knowledge exchange and capacity building for policymakers on policies related to the teaching profession and teacher professional development.

2. Who can participate? Ministries, Secretaries and/or Departments of Education can participate as institutions requesting the cooperation or offering the cooperation. Other education-related institutions such as civil society, non-profits, colleges, universities, etc. can participate as offering the cooperation.

3. What is the difference between a requesting country and an offering country? Requesting Institutions are institutions interested on acquiring knowledge about a specific practice and/or policy. For the ITEN cooperation missions only Ministries, Secretaries and/or Departments of Education can request cooperation. . Offering institutions are institutions interested on sharing the knowledge about a specific practice and/or policy already implemented by them.

4. I am not a Ministry/Secretary of Education, can I participate? Yes, by offering the cooperation.

5. How much funding will be provided? OAS-ITEN will grant a maximum of USD $10,000.00 (ten-thousand US dollars) for each proposal selected.

6. How can I use the funding? Funds will only cover travel expenses of the individuals designated in the proposal (airfare tickets on coach; per diem; terminal expenses; and translation and interpretation services when appropriate) according to the rules stated at section 2 of the Call for Proposals.

About the Application Process

1. How do I apply? Please read the Call for Proposals for full instructions on how to apply.

2. What is the application deadline? Application deadline is March 31, 2017.

3. Where can I find the necessary documents to apply? Please find all documents here.

4. What is the Co-TEP and why do I need to upload my practice/policy there? Co-TEP is a free knowledge bank that contains policies and practices related to the teaching profession in the Americas. In order to promote the practices/policies of the ITEN technical cooperation missions, we request applicants to upload them at Co-TEP. Find more information about Co-TEP here.

5. I am Ministry/Secretary/Department of Education that would like cooperation on a certain theme but could not find an offering institution, or I am an offering institution and do not know who would like to learn more from our practice/policy. What should I do? If you were not able to find a match for your offering/requesting policy or practice, please contact Nathalia Khayat, ITEN Cooperation Missions Coordinator. The ITEN team will try its best to find a match.

About the Logistics

1. Who is responsible for managing the financial transactions? The OAS will manage all financial transactions. This means the OAS will book all flights tickets, deposit per diems and pay services directly, if necessary. Please note that the OAS will not reimburse flights costs or other services bought by participants without prior consent of the Organization. Please refer to section 2 of the Call for Proposals for all details regarding the financing of missions.

2. Who is responsible for the travel arrangements? The OAS-ITEN will book all flights tickets, deposit per diems and pay services directly, if necessary. Participants are responsible for booking their hotels.

3. Why do I need to provide my personal and banking information to the OAS? All participants to be able to take part in the mission must have a registered profile within the OAS with basic personal information. In addition, all payments of per diem and terminal expense will be made through banking deposits directly at the participant’s banking account. The provision of personal and banking information is mandatory to participate in the mission. The OAS compromises with maintaining this information private.

4. What happens after the mission? After the mission, requesting countries must strive to implement the policy/practice they have learned, and provide different reports to ITEN according to the Call for Proposals, section 6.

Still have questions? Please contact Nathalia Khayat, ITEN Cooperation Missions Coordinator, at or +1 202 370 0685

The Program is carried out with the financial support of the U.S. Permanent Mission to the OAS