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GAVI has established an Independent Review Committee for the review of new proposals

New round of applications for IRC Membership

GAVI is seeking new applicants to join the IRC. Suitable post-graduate-qualified and experienced public health experts are invited to apply by 31 December 2013. Please visit our dedicated recruitment website which provides details of the application process.

To support an independent and systematic process of reviewing new proposals, GAVI has established an Independent Review Committee (IRC).

Key characteristics

Since its inception, the structure and composition of the GAVI IRC have been considered effective due to key characteristics:

  • the committee relies upon a wide range of experts in public health, epidemiology, development, finance and economics;
  • the committee is based on a system of peer review; and
  • the committee is independent.

The GAVI Alliance Board

The IRC is directly accountable to the GAVI Alliance Board and communicates its recommendations to the GAVI Alliance Board. The GAVI Alliance Board makes the ultimate decision on whether to approve the funding of new country grants. The GAVI Alliance Board also has the responsibility for communicating its decision to countries, via the GAVI Secretariat.

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The Independent Review Committee reviews new proposals and makes recommendations to the GAVI Alliance Board

The mandate of the new proposals IRC is to review each application for all types of new support, to enable a more holistic view of the broad portfolio of support GAVI provides to countries, rather than looking at each new application in isolation from the others, and to make recommendations to the GAVI Alliance Board.

This review should consider the information available to countries within current guidelines and application forms and ensure that any new proposal contributes to achieving:

  • the GAVI Alliance mission - ‘To save children’s lives and protect people’s health by increasing access to immunisation in poor countries’;
  • the GAVI Alliance strategic goals; and
  • the eligibility criteria as per GAVI guidelines for new proposals of support. 

Members of the Independent Review Committee consist of specialists from a broad range of expertise

IRC members generally serve a term of three years. This term may be renewed for another period of up to 3 years. Upon reaching the second term limit IRC members will not be eligible to serve on the IRC for at least 1 year. During their term IRC members may be called upon to serve on the IRC for review of country plans or requests for extensions for which he or she has specific relevant skills.

Range of expertise

The increasing complexity of new proposals and the subsequent grant monitoring requires an IRC with a broad range of expertise in areas such as:

  • Routine immunisation programmes, especially at country level;
  • Management of campaigns;
  • Delivery of health services including child and adolescent health;
  • Health systems strengthening and management;
  • Epidemiology and disease control;
  • Cold chain and logistics;
  • Financial and budget analysis; and
  • Gender and equity.

The IRC should also consist of technical experts knowledgeable on the developing country context and relevant issues, including in a variety of fields related to immunisation and health systems, and who have practical experience working in or with developing country governments, civil society, and other partners in those contexts. In addition, the IRC should be geographically diverse, with a male and female representation consistent with GAVI’s Gender Policy and Guidelines on the GAVI Alliance Board Gender Balance.

Each IRC member is asked to sign a confidentiality and conflict of interest statement and will not come from Alliance partner agencies, and have not taken part in technical assistance to or pre-review processes of country applications.

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