Members of the Independent Review Committee consist of specialists from a broad range of expertise
IRC members generally serve a term of three years. Once nominations are submitted, the pool of experts and proposed chair is submitted to the Programme and Policy Committee for review and to the Executive Committee of the Board for approval. The Chief Executive of the GAVI Alliance then selects members from an approved pool of members.
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:
- Immunisation programme planning;
- Epidemiology and disease control of vaccine preventable diseases;
- Reproductive and child or adolescent health services;
- Epidemiology and disease control with specific experience in cancer prevention; and control programmes at national/international level;
- Background in Adolescent Medicine or Gynaecology;
- Health Systems Strengthening;
- Experience on Civil Society Organizations;
- Experience in planning of health programmes and health financing;
- Delivery of health services at community/school level;
- Experience in developing community based preventive programmes;
- Logistics and procurement;
- Auditing and financing.
Broad expertise in these various health disciplines is necessary, but not sufficient. Practical, “system-wise” experience in low- and middle-income countries and integrity are also a prerequisite. Due regard is paid to the importance of selecting experts on a wide geographic basis and 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.