DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION
December 31, 2013
In January 2000, with global immunisation rates stagnating, the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI) was launched to fund vaccines for children in more than 70 of the world’s poorest countries. Its mission: to save children’s lives and protect people’s health by increasing access to immunisation in the world’s poorest countries.
By pulling the specialist skills of all the main players in immunisation - WHO, UNICEF, the World Bank, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, donor governments, developing countries, international development and finance organisations and the pharmaceutical industry - into one, decision-making body, GAVI has brought a single-minded focus to the urgent task of closing the gap between children for whom immunisation is a given and millions of children worldwide with no access to basic vaccines. The power of GAVI is its combination of public and private forces working together to achieve more than anyone could alone.
The GAVI Alliance also serves as a forum for collaboration with partners’ different skills and experience delivering new and better ways of improving routine immunization. GAVI’s innovative business model not only finances the introduction of new vaccines in developing countries but is also reshaping the vaccine market and ensuring immunization programmes are sustainable.
GAVI currently offers the following portfolio of programme support:
Country proposals for GAVI support are reviewed by the Independent Review Committee (IRC). The GAVI Alliance Board makes funding decisions based on IRC recommendations. GAVI support extends for the duration of national immunisation plans, up to five years, with countries submitting annual reports to the GAVI Secretariat.
GAVI’s eligibility policy ensures the funding support focuses on the world’s poorest countries.
INDEPENDENT REVIEW COMMITTEE (IRC)
The Independent Review Committee (IRC) is an independent, impartial group of experts that serves to guarantee the integrity and consistency of an open and transparent funding process. The IRC advises the GAVI Alliance Board on whether to fund country plans and programmes – both for new vaccine support and health systems strengthening support.
The IRC is critical to GAVI as it:
The IRC membership shall:
IRC members shall be appointed for a term of up to 3 years, which 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 thereof for which he or she has specific relevant skills. IRC meetings will be convened approximately three times a year, and the duration of each one is estimated at between 5 and 10 working days.
IRC members shall receive an honorarium, and reasonable costs for their participation in each IRC session shall be in accordance with GAVI’s policies.
Successful candidates must have a post-graduate degree in a relevant discipline from an internationally-recognized institution of higher education.
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