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
  • 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.

Keeping in mind the realistic planning timelines, countries should target a submission deadline that meets their implementation timelines.

New proposals IRC

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

It also ensures that each new application for support complies with the eligibility criteria, established according to the Gavi guidelines for new proposals of support.





Round 1

Round 2

Round 3

Submission cut-off dates

23 January 2020

1 May 2020

8 September 2020

Review dates (indicative)

16-25 March 2020

29 June–3 July 2020

2-13 November 2020

    IRC Membership

    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
    • 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 IRC pool members



    Areas of expertise

    1 Emmanuel Addo-Yobo Child health, clinical paediatrics, surveillance for rotavirus and congenital rubella syndrome
    2 Salah Al Awaidy Vaccine-preventable diseases programming, epidemiology, public health, immunisation, M&E, AEFI, campaigns
    3 Rafah Salam Aziz MNCH programme management, immunisation
    4 Saidou Pathé Barry HSS, national health strategies, policy dialogue in the health sector, M&E, primary health care
    5 Blaise Bikandou HSS, policy development, vaccine preventable diseases, epidemiology, health programme management and administration
    6 Francois Boilloit Disease control, health system development and reform, health financing, development assistance for health
    7 Brent Burkholder  Epidemiology, vaccine programmes and disease control, outbreak investigations
    8 Diego Buriot Public health interventions, communicable diseases, fragile and crisis settings
    9 Pierre Bwale Health care delivery, campaigns, emergencies, programmes for hard-to-reach communities
    10 Lisa Cairns Immunisation policy, epidemiology, M&R control, national immunisation programme reviews
    11 Aleksandra Caric Immunisation, vaccine safety and regulation, programme management and administration
    12 Dah Cheikh Organization and management of vaccination programmes, HSS, vaccine campaigns, trainings
    13 Sadia Chowdhury Reproductive Health, HSS, child health services, programme delivery, M&E of health programmes
    14 John Clements Routine immunisation services in developing countries
    15 Natasha Crowcroft Epidemiology, HSS, HPV, measles, outbreak control, training and capacity building
    16 Dora Curry CSOs, data systems at community and primary care level, data utilization for programme improvement
    17 Celestino Costa Cold chain, immunisation, HSS, emergency responses, primary health care
    18 John Crump  Infectious diseases, epidemiology, outbreak responses, typhoid
    19 Henrique D’Alva Cold chain, EPI logistics
    20 Kevin De Cock Global public health, HIV, emergency & outbreak response, HSS
    21 Modibo Dicko Supply chain management, introducing innovative technologies, management systems and practices in health supply systems
    22 Rene Dubbeldam National health policies, essential medicines strategies, child health programmes, community health, epidemiology
    23 Peter Fonkwo Health programme design and management, routine &mass campaigns vaccination, HSS, EPI M&E
    24 Djordie Gikic HSS, proposal development, immunisation systems evaluation, service delivery, health policies
    25 Melita Gordon Gastroenterology, disease surveillance, typhoid, vaccine trials
    26 John Grundy Health policy, campaign delivery, HSS, programme evaluation
    27 Bradley Hersh Health policy, immunisation, outbreaks, campaigns, measles control
    28 Natasha Howard Health policy, social epidemiology, immunisation service delivery, fragile setting, strong academic background
    29 Hector Izurieta Immunisation campaign management, public health, measles control, epidemiology, policy making
    30 Philippe Jaillard Vaccine delivery, cold chain equipment management, injection safety and waste management, logistics training program development
    31 Miloud Kaddar Health economics, economics of vaccines and immunisation, health system development and financing
    32 Clifford Kamara Health development, immunisation services, recovery programme, management and evaluation of health programmes
    33 Jean Rostand Kamga Financial & budget analysis, management and governance, audits, financial investigations
    34 Toagoe Karzon Project funding, financial reporting and budget control, conducting audits
    35 Tcha Landry Kaucley Cold Chain, vaccine logistics, EPI monitoring & evaluation, public health management
    36 Wassim Khrouf Financial & budget analysis, audits, project assessment
    37 Vladimir Lazarevik Healthcare system transformation, health financing design, health policy development
    38 Stefano Lazzari Outbreak, epidemic and emergency response, HSS, monitoring and evaluation, grant management
    39 Dafrossa Lyimo Immunisation campaign management, public health, health systems management, health policies, disease control
    40 Kapil Maithal Conceptualizing, managing, strategizing and execution of development of vaccines for global use, vaccine advocacy and preparedness
    41 Osman Mansoor Immunisation programmes, epidemiology & monitoring, measles control, cold chain & logistics
    42 Viviana Mangiaterra Child health, epidemiology, HSS, immunisation programmes
    43 Florian Marks  Public health, vaccinology and policy making, outbreak responses, campaign evaluations
    44 Tawanda Marufu Fragile settings, HSS, epidemiology, health policy, HPV, Typhoid, measles
    45 Scott McKeown Epidemiology, information systems, health service delivery, immunization incl. campaigns, cold chain maintenance
    46 Mark Miller Epidemiology, vaccine research, public health, outbreak investigations, disease control
    47 Kondwani Msampha Financial & budget analysis, HSS, global health and integrated service delivery
    48 Amani Mustafa Immunisation, new vaccines, campaign management, cold chain and health system planning and monitoring
    49 Maryanne Neill Health information systems, cold chain logistics, immunisation coverage estimation.
    50 Benjamin Nkowane Vaccine preventable disease programmes, implementation of mass vaccination campaigns, technical support for field operations in security risk areas, epidemiology and reproductive/sexual health
    51 Mathieu Noirhomme Public health, HSS, health policy dialogue, health financing, design thinking & service design, universal health coverage
    52 Peter Nsubuga Epidemiology, measles control, cold chain, HSS
    53 Cornelius Oepen HSS, urban health, health security, mass vaccination/campaigns, evaluation of research programmes
    54 Jean Marc Olive Immunisation programmes, emergency strategies & disaster relief, measles elimination
    55 Virgil Onama Project design, M&E, results-based management, health financing & policy, fragile settings
    56 Michael Park Programme management and evaluation, primary care, health systems and public health
    57 Elisabeth Paul   Health systems and policies, health financing, universal health coverage, performance-based financing, aid effectiveness
    58 Ian Pett Health care, cold chain, HSS, outbreak response, emergencies
    59 Arletty Pinel Health systems strengthening, maternal health
    60 Arthur Reingold Epidemiology, measles control, vaccination delivery, strengthening health infrastructure
    61 Cheikh Mohamed Hafis Seck Financial & budget analysis, financial management of donor-funded programs, audit, grant agreements
    62 Jim Setzer  Health information systems, HSS, disease surveillance, programme and policy planning, M&E, strategic planning
    63 Craig Shapiro Management of immunisation programmes, policy development, public health, cold chain evaluation, HSS activities
    64 Mario Stassen Design of development strategies, risk based management and patient safety, immunisation supply chain logistics (cold chain), CMC (Bio) Pharmaceuticals
    65 Simon (Sam) Sternin Global health generalist, HSS, disaster management, coverage and equity, CSOs
    66 Abdelmajid Tibouti Financial & budget analysis, health economics, health financing strategies, monitoring and evaluation
    67 Vivien Tsu  Epidemiology, new public health interventions, women's reproductive health, HPV, JE
    68 Margaret Watkins Immunisation campaign management, epidemiology, public health interventions, outbreaks, evaluations
    69 Karen Wilkins Immunisation campaign management, proposals development, monitoring and evaluation, DQ assessments
    70 Aregai Woldegebriel Epidemiology, SIA, MNCH, outbreaks, monitoring and evaluation
    71 Shamsa Zafar MNCH, Gender


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    November 27, 2019

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