Welcome to The Jamaica House Fellows Programme

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.


Applications close on June 2, 2019 (Extended)

The Jamaica House Fellows Programme

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 Fellows 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.

How The 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.

Core Duties

  • 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.

Tasks Involved

  • Gathering and analyzing data, and reviewing costs, benefits and the possible impact of policy options.

  • Researching information to support the evaluation of policy options.

  • Designing and implementing government policies.

  • Delivering oral and written analysis of opinions and recommendations.

  • Briefing senior government officials.

  • Participating in meetings, negotiations, conference calls and briefing sessions as required.

  • Coordinating initiatives across Ministries, Departments and Agencies.

  • Implementing decisions as required.

  • Delivering presentations on national Programmes and Projects being pursued by the Government of Jamaica

Although assignments may vary among Fellows, 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

  • 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.

  • At least one year work experience


Post Service Contribution

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.A Tracer Study will be conducted five (5) years post service to gauge continued involvement in public service.

Selection Process

Step 1

Shortlisting based on meeting the minimum educational, community service and professional achievement requirements.

Step 2

Telephone/Skype interviews.

Step 3

Face to face interviews and Skype for persons resident outside of the island at the time of assessment.

Contact Us


Tel: (876) 927-9941-3 (switchboard)

(876) 946-4475 (straight line)

1-888-429-5543 (Toll-free)


Jacqueline Lynch Stewart  E-mail: Jacqueline.[email protected] Ext.  3333

Sophia Wellington E-mail: [email protected] Ext. 2174


The Jamaica House Fellowship Programme 1 Devon Road Kingston 10