Priority Areas Coordinating Committee (PACC)
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The Priorities Area Coordinating Committee (PACC) was constituted formally at the Eleventh Meeting of the Regional Coordinating Mechanism (RCM) of the Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS which was held in September 2008, in direct response to an imperative of the Caribbean Regional Strategy Framework on HIV and AIDS, 2008-2012 (CRSF) for the establishment of such a body to oversee programme planning and implementation. In order to operationalise this body, the Terms of Reference (TOR), the definition of its membership and its guiding principles have been developed. Factors essential to effective implementation are still being established.
To date, three meetings of the Priority Areas Coordinating Committee (PACC) have been convened under the chairmanship of Prof. Peter Figueroa, Vice-Chair of the RCM.
The PACC has the critical task of advancing the implementation of the CRSF, which must be viewed in light of the following core functions:
- The overarching function of the PACC which is that of “Strategic Management and Technical Oversight” in the planning, monitoring and evaluation of projects and programmes in support of the CRSF;
- The imperative of the establishment of Technical Working Groups (TWGs) by Priority Areas to undertake planning and programming around the CRSF, with the PACC providing strategic management and technical oversight of the process;
- The pivotal role of the 2009 reorganised and strengthened PANCAP Coordinating Unit (PCU) in leading the operational planning process for some Priority Areas, providing technical support to TWGs; providing technical and administrative support to the PACC; and serving as the intermediary between technical working groups, regional support agencies and the PACC.
Terms of Reference
The Terms of Reference of the PACC as approved by the Executive Board of PANCAP at the Thirteenth Meeting of that body, held in Georgetown, Guyana in September 2009 are as follows:
- Coordinate the development of operational plans for each Priority Area in support of the implementation of the CRSF, with the participation of relevant agencies;
- Facilitate communication and collaboration among Regional Support Agencies within each Priority Area;
- Advise on and monitor the implementation of the CRSF Operational Plan; and
- Monitor overall progress of the CRSF goals;
- Advise the RCM on resource needs in relation to the implementation of the CRSF and recommend strategies for resource mobilisation;
- At a minimum, submit bi-annual reports to the RCM on the implementation of the CRSF; and
- Ensure that the impact of the CRSF is properly evaluated.
Various meetings of the RCM and PACC considered the essential institutional arrangements required to support the effective performance of the PACC and agreed as follows;
- The PACC will meet at least once quarterly for the purpose of executing its mandate and functions;
- The PACC will prepare bi-annual progress reports on the implementation of the CRSF for the consideration of the RCM. These reports should catalogue achievements, constraints and challenges; as well as policy or programmatic recommendations for improved performance;
- The PACC may co-opt technical experts on an ad hoc basis to advance the execution of its functions; and
- The PANCAP Coordinating Unit will provide technical support to the PACC and will also serve as its Secretariat.
- The involvement of key institutional players at the highest level is central to ensuring a strong membership as well as critical to the process of identifying gaps;
- A Chief Medical Officer who is a nominated representative of the regional forum of Chief Medical Officers should be represented on the PACC;
- CCNAPC should represent the collective views of countries and should be the medium through which nominations are proposed, to ensure transparency;
- The inclusion of a prevention expert in the membership would be hugely beneficial, given the critical importance of that Priority Area in the regional response;
- Persons may be included in the PACC in their individual capacities, or who do not belong to the traditional PANCAP regional support agencies, to provide balance and unbiased contribution to the work of the PACC;
- The Vice-Chair of the RCM should be a standing member of the PACC;
- The PACC may, from time to time, expand its membership as it deems fit, in order to optimally execute its mandates.
To date, the PACC has -
- Provided strategic management and direction to the RCM of PANCAP;
- Guided development and supported the implementation of the two-year Operational Plan 2010-2011;
- Identified the best prospects for funding over the next five years.
- Guided production of the Global Fund Round 9 Proposal, including the supporting documentation, namely,
- the revised work programme and budget;
- the performance framework ;
- the monitoring and evaluation plan; and
- the procurement and management supplies plan.