Independent Review Committee

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

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 Board

The IRC is directly accountable to the Gavi Board and communicates its recommendations to the Gavi Board. The Gavi Board makes the ultimate decision on whether to approve the funding of new country grants. The Gavi 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 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 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 mission - ‘To save children’s lives and protect people’s health by increasing access to immunisation in poor countries’;
  • the Gavi's 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 Board Gender Balance.

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

List of June/July 2014 reviewers

Click here to view the biographies of the IRC members 


Areas of expertise

Current position

Salah Al Awaidy

Vaccine-preventable diseases programming, immunisation and cold chain

Advisor at the Ministry of Health, Oman

Ousmane Amadou Sy

Financial management systems for health

Independent consultant

Gabriel Carrasquilla


Founder and Director of ASIESALUD

Jean Marie Edengue Ekani

Immunisation, health systems management, epidemiology

Immunisation specialist MoH, Cameroon

John Grundy

Health systems strengthening and immunisation

Independent consultant

Terence Hart

Supply chain logistics and technologies

Independent consultant

Bolanle Oyeledun

Health systems strengthening, MNCH, immunisation

Chief Executive Officer at Centre for Integrated Health Programs (CIHP), Nigeria

Zeenat Patel

Public health, epidemiology, immunisation

Independent consultant

Diana Rivington

Gender equality, human rights, children’s rights

Senior Fellow in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Ottawa, Canada

Rafah Salam Aziz

MNCH programme management, immunisation

Independent consultant

Gayane Sahakyan

Epidemiology, immunisation services

National Immunisation Program Manager, Republic of Armenia

Malek Sbih

Cold chain and logistics

Independent consultant

Shamsa Zafar

MNCH, Gender

Head of Department, Centre of Excellence in MNCH at the Health Services Academy, Pakistan

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