The Jamaica House Fellowship is a prestigious initiative developed by the Government of Jamaica to offer exceptional Jamaicans the opportunity to grow professionally while contributing to national development.
Specifically, the Jamaica House Fellowship Programme will afford qualified and highly-motivated individuals the privilege of serving as paid Fellows at Jamaica House. Through the programme, Fellows will enjoy the unique experience of interacting with members of the Cabinet and senior officials at the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) and other Government Ministries, Department and Agencies.
Jamaica House Fellows can look forward to acquiring firsthand, high-level exposure and experience in Government, and a sense of personal pride from being involved in the leadership of the country and participating in nation-building.
The mission of the Jamaica House Fellowship Programme is to empower individuals through hands-on training in public policy decision making, to make further contributions to their communities and the nation. Fellows are expected to apply what they have learned throughout their service to become even greater leaders in their respective fields, communities and in the public service.
How The Jamaica House Fellowship Programme Works
Jamaica House Fellows will spend two (2) years as paid full-time personnel assigned to the OPM, or other GOJ offices as may be determined necessary, where they will work alongside senior government technocrats.
Working under the direct guidance and supervision of the Chief Technical Director in the OPM, Fellows can expect to be involved in a wide range of high impact projects, in a fast-paced and collaborative environment.
Candidates are also required to work in a collegial and cooperative manner with colleague Fellows and other Ministry staff to address some of the issues and challenges which impede Jamaica’s growth and development.
Provide analysis and support to aid in decision-making at the highest levels. Help in coordinating and monitoring the progress of initiatives across Ministries, Departments and Agencies of government, in a timely and efficient manner.
- Gathering and analyzing data, and reviewing costs, benefits and the possible impact of policy options.
- Researching information to support the evaluation of policy options.
- Participating in meetings, negotiations, conference calls and briefing sessions as required.
- Designing and implementing government policies.
- Delivering oral and written analysis of opinions and recommendations.
- Coordinating initiatives across Ministries, Departments and Agencies.
- Briefing senior government officials and Implementing decisions as required.
Although assignments may vary among the Jamaica House Fellowship Programme winners, they will have the shared experience of hard work, rigorous discussion and impactful contribution to the future of the nation.
Required Skills and Competencies
- At least an undergraduate degree and be working in their chosen field.
- A record of outstanding professional achievement in one’s career.
- Evidence of leadership skills and achievements.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Excellent research and organizational skills.
- Evidence of a commitment to public service and evidence of the ability to work as part of a team.
- Strong interpersonal skills – ability to take the initiative and work to meet deadlines.
- Capacity for quick learning and willingness to work hard and long hours.
Applications are online only
The following prerequisites are necessary for successful application and consideration:
- Applicants must be Jamaican Citizens.
- Applicants must have completed their undergraduate education and be working in their chosen profession.
- Existing employees of the Government of Jamaica and the public sector in general are not eligible for this opportunity.
Applications open on June 20 annually and are to be made through the web link:
The deadline for application submission is August 2. Interviews will follow for those shortlisted, with the final announcement of the Jamaica House Fellows by August 30. Jamaica House Fellows will be expected to take up full time employment within three (3) months of their selection.
- Please fill out the application form that follows. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
- All supporting documents are to be uploaded with this application
- Successful applicants will be required to submit originals of supporting documentation to the Office of the Prime Minister.
- Applicants are advised that there will be no opportunity to make changes to the application form once submitted, you are therefore encouraged to check and verify that the information inputted is correct prior to submission.
- Email queries to JamaicaHouseFellowship@opm.gov.jm.