About UNDP in Jamaica

UNDP Office In JamaicaPHOTO CREDIT: UNDP Jamaica

UNDP started its operations in Jamaica in January 1976 with the signing of the UNDP-Government of Jamaica Standard Basic Assistance Agreement. Since then, UNDP has worked with local partners to support various projects in the island. These projects have been a part of UNDP's multi-year Country Programmes which have assisted Jamaica in a number of areas including: the Environment and Natural Resources Management, Energy, Disaster Risk Reduction and Management, Democratic Governance, Security and Justice, Poverty Reduction and Youth Employment.

Our Work and Goals

Poverty Reduction and the Achievement of the Millennium Development Goals -The 2012-2016 country programme gives special attention to developing policy advice for equitable growth and achievement of the Millennium Development Goals and assisting the Government in data management and use of data for effective policy-making. It is working to strengthen policy, legislative and institutional frameworks to promote financial sustainability and equitable growth. The country programme also works towards strengthening of State capacity for fiscal management policy making; the creation of a national statistical system to inform policy and monitoring and communication on progress towards the MDGs and Vision 2030.

Democratic Governance -The country programme seeks to deepen democracy by strengthening national and local capacity for increasing community safety and access to justice with due regard for the human rights of vulnerable groups. National security will be strengthened to ensure citizens’ security and protect their human rights. Effective, responsive, accessible and fair justice systems will promote the rule of law, with due regard for the rights of the poor, women and vulnerable groups.

Environmental Sustainability and Energy Security -The country programme is geared towards the creating an enabling environment for better management of natural resources, disaster risk preparedness and climate change adaptation, as well as improving energy security. UNDP is working with key state and non-state actors to strengthen the policy and institutional framework with the aim of better managing resources, including parks and protected areas, and building resilience to reduce vulnerability to natural disasters and climate change impacts. The programme also works towards enhancing energy conservation and efficiency.


Gender as a Cross Cutting Issue -Gender and human rights are cross cutting issues in UNDP's work. UNDP focuses on gender equality and women's empowerment not only as human rights but also because they are a pathway to achieving sustainable development. As such, UNDP coordinates efforts to integrate gender equality and women's empowerment into poverty reduction, democratic governance, crisis prevention and recovery and environment and sustainable development. Our goal is to ensure that women have a real voice in all governance institutions, as well as in the private sector and civil society, so they can participate equally with men in public dialogue and decision making.


Current Staff Count for Jamaica

Contract TypeSub Total
Service Contract 12
UNDP Staff 16
Total 28