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.