Commissioning reviews

  • IAGCI will publish an annual work plan at the beginning of each calendar year identifying the countries and topics to be reviewed. Countries and topics not originally identified in the annual workplan may be added to meeting agendas where need arises.
      
  • Within a two year period, IAGCI will review reports for all top 20 asylum intake countries for which COI reports are produced.
      
  • Topics for review will be identified by the IAGCI Chair in consultation with the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration.
      
  • A call for reviewers will be posted on the website of the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration.
      
  • Tenders will be assessed initially by the IAGCI Chair on the basis of three main criteria: (a) demonstrated expertise on the country or topic; (b) sound knowledge of migration/asylum/human rights policies, laws, and procedures as they pertain to claims for protection; and (c) consideration of any potential conflict of interest.
      
  • The IAGCI Chair will forward recommendations on reviewers to the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration where the final decision will be taken.
      
  • Reviews will be commissioned, funded and administered by the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration.
      
  • Submitted reviews are evaluated initially by the IAGCI Chair who considers the extent to which they achieve their objectives and represent value for money. The IAGCI reserves the right to ask reviewers to amend their reviews, and if necessary to reject reviews.  The review will then be forwarded to the COI Service in time for the preparation of a detailed response for presentation at the next scheduled meeting of the IAGCI.
      
  • Reviewers will normally be invited to attend meetings of the IAGCI to present their work.
      
  • Reviews including COI responses will be posted on the website of the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration, along with meeting reports submitted by the IAGCI Chair to the Independent Chief Inspector.
      
  • It should be noted that members of the IAGCI are not eligible to undertake country or topic reviews.
      
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