Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals

WHO Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on immunization: Request for nominations

The World Health Organization (WHO) periodically solicits proposals for nominations for current and future vacancies on its Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on immunization. Nominations will then be carefully reviewed by the SAGE membership selection panel, which will propose the selection of nominees to the WHO Director-General for appointment.

SAGE is the principal advisory group to WHO for vaccines and immunization. SAGE reports directly to the Director-General and is charged with advising WHO on overall global policies and strategies, ranging from vaccine and technology research and development, to delivery of immunization and its linkages with other health interventions. Its remit is not restricted to childhood vaccines and immunization but extends to all vaccine-preventable diseases as well as all age groups.

All members are acknowledged experts with an outstanding record of achievement in their own field and an understanding of the immunization issues covered by SAGE. They have a responsibility to provide WHO with high quality, well-considered advice and recommendations on matters described in the SAGE terms of reference.

SAGE members should represent a range of professional affiliations (i.e. academia, the medical profession, research institutes, and governmental bodies including national immunization programmes, public health departments and regulatory authorities); major areas of interest (e.g. influenza control, diarrhoeal diseases, respiratory diseases, research, biologics, and safety); and the three major strategic areas of WHO's work relating to immunization (i.e. accelerating innovation, ensuring quality and safety, and maximizing access to and links with other health interventions). Consideration will be given to ensuring appropriate geographic representation and gender balance.

After determination of eligibility, nominations will be submitted to an external selection panel.

Members will be selected on the basis of their qualifications and ability to contribute to the accomplishment of the SAGE’s objectives. Appointment of SAGE members will be made by the Director-General of WHO upon the proposal of the selection panel. Members of SAGE, are appointed to serve for an initial term of three years, renewable once.

The SAGE website ( provides a list of current members and previous SAGE conclusions and recommendations.

SAGE normally meets twice a year in Geneva. In addition, members will be asked to contribute to SAGE working groups, and will be requested to fully engage in the preparation of each meeting.

Meetings will take place in English without interpretation. English fluency from members is therefore expected.

Nominees will be asked to confirm their interest, availability and commitment to serve on SAGE, to provide a curriculum vitae, a letter of motivation highlighting what their contribution to SAGE could be, and a completed declaration of interests form before their nomination will be considered by the selection panel.

Dr Philippe Duclos,
Executive Secretary
Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on immunization

Last reviewed: 3 April 2017