Independent Monitoring Board

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The Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) assesses progress towards the attainment of a polio-free world, providing independent monitoring and guidance on the work of Objective 1 of the GPEI Strategic Plan – the detection and interruption of poliovirus.

The IMB evaluates progress towards key milestones on the basis of polio epidemiology, poliovirus virology, standard performance indicators and other programme data. If milestones  are found to be ‘at risk’, ‘off track’ or ‘missed’, the IMB advises countries, implementing partners, and/or donor agencies on the required corrective action plans, and evaluates the quality, implementation and impact of these plans.

The IMB is comprised of global experts from a variety of fields relevant to the work of the GPEI, and was established at the request of the Executive Board (EB) and the World Health Assembly (WHA). Reports from the Board’s meetings go directly to the heads of the spearheading partner agencies – the World Health Organization (WHO), Rotary International, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and UNICEF – and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and are public shortly afterwards.

Call for nomination of experts to serve on the IMB

The IMB is seeking nominations for membership, encouraging applications from experts in the following areas:

  • broad public health
  • immunization programmes
  • polio eradication
  • epidemiology
  • virology
  • behavioural science
  • public health programme management
  • health economics
  • health care financing
  • other relevant fields

Application deadline

Friday, 3 March 2017

Application process

Applications should be send to and with the subject line “Application for Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) membership” and include indication of relevant expertise, a completed declaration of interests form and current curriculum vitae.

Further details are available in the documents below.

Further information on the IMB