Welcome to The Jamaica House Fellowship 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.


The Jamaica House Fellowship Programme

The Jamaica House Fellowship Programme is a prestigious opportunity for exceptional and highly motivated Jamaicans to work on, support and implement high priority initiatives in the public sector over a period of two (2) years.

The Jamaica House Fellowship Programme (JHFP) was established in 2016 by the Government of Jamaica (GOJ) through the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), in recognition that there are many talented Jamaicans who are interested in the development of their country, and if given the opportunity, would make a meaningful impact.

Selection as a Jamaica House Fellow is an honour and a privilege. Under the JHFP, the Fellows spend two (2) years as full-time, paid Fellows assigned to Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) of Government, working alongside senior GOJ technocrats. Fellows work in a fast paced and collaborative environment with tasks that are complex.

The JHFP is not an internship nor akin to any form of summer work programme.

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.

Benefits of Participating in the Programme

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.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria




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

Stage 1: Shortlisting

Phase 1 – Assessment of Minimum Requirements
Phase 2 - Assessment of Professional Achievement and Community Service

Stage 2: Written Assessment

Stage 3: Oral Assessment

Phase 1 - Powerpoint Presentation Phase 2 - Panel Interview

Summary of Experience - Cohorts 1 and 2

Contact Us


Tel: (876) 927-9941-3 (switchboard)
(876) 946-4475 (straight line)
1-888-429-5543 (Toll-free)


Shereika Hemmings-Allison  E-mail: [email protected]

Melissa Haynes E-mail: [email protected]


The Jamaica House Fellowship Programme 1 Devon Road Kingston 10