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Welcome to the Webpage of the Office of the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (GS/OAS) in Jamaica. Our objective is to showcase OAS programs and activities contributing to Jamaica’s development. We trust that the site will provide a better understanding of the work of the OAS in Jamaica. The GS/OAS Office in Jamaica was established on March 12, 1971 and the current OAS Country Representative is Jeanelle van GlaanenWeygel.
For more detailed information on the 2016 OAS activities in Jamaica please click on this hyperlink.
PAHO, University of the West Indies Mona Campus, Wednesday December 14, 2016
Summits 101’s objective is to explain the Summits of the Americas Process,as well as the different mechanisms of participation available to civil society organizations and social actors of the Hemisphere. The Summits Secretariat wants to strengthen the participation of all social actors and civil society organizations looking towards the next Summit of the Americas, to be held in Peru in 2018.
Town Hall of the St James Parish Council, Montego Bay Jamaica, Tuesday December 6, 2016
Craft Enhancement Project and Business Planning Training to Support Human Capacity Building in the Public and Private Sectors Development Cooperation Fund (DCF)
Description: This OAS/FEMCIDI craft project seeks to enhance the human capacity within the tourism industry through the provision of more extensive training opportunities and is strategically aligned not only with Jamaica’s national priorities, but also the national priorities of neighbouring Caribbean islands and the OAS strategic priority outcome: “to improve product and service quality through specifically designed training programs for MSMEs”
Concrete benefits for Jamaica: In an effort to provide growth based on a sustainable market position, enhance visitor experience, support community-based development, build an all-inclusive industry and enhance environmental sustainability, the craft enhancement project is set to deliver the following targets between June 1, 2014 and May 31, 2016:
Increasing Tourism Competitiveness through Sustainable Destination Management and Capacity Building in the Caribbean and Central America
Description: The Sustainable Destinations Alliance for the Americas (SDAA) is the first-ever large-scale multi-sector initiative for sustainable tourism destinations in the Caribbean and Latin American regions. The initiative aims to improve the way tourism is managed and to enhance the global competitiveness of the region, by embedding sustainability into the day-to-day management and marketing of destinations throughout the region.
The first phase of the initiative will include seven participating destinations from the Caribbean and Latin America. Jamaica, specifically the town of Falmouth, is one of the first seven destinations that the SDAA is supporting. While the geographic focus for the first two years of work is the Caribbean and Central America, our shared vision is to expand the initiative, over time, to encompass more than 30 tourism destinations in the Americas.
Concrete benefits for Jamaica:
The Peckham Bamboo Pre-Processing Project
Description: The Peckham Bamboo Pre-Processing Project seeks to promote the creation of opportunities for productive employment, particularly among vulnerable groups; thus contributing to the growth of Jamaica’s productive sector through the development of the viable bamboo bi-product industry by:
A New Path Project: Promoting Productive Alternatives for Juvenile Remandees and Offenders in Jamaica
Description/objective: The General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (GS/OAS), through its Department of Public Security (DPS), working with its affiliate, The Trust for the Americas (“The Trust”), seeks to contribute to reduce recidivism and, ultimately, crime and violence in Jamaica. “A New Path” is a project designed to improve the quality of, and access to, reintegration services (educational, vocational, and internship/employment opportunities), technical training (marketable technical skills, life/social skills), as well as individualized psychosocial/emotional services for juvenile remandees of both South Camp and Metcalfe correctional facilities in Jamaica.
The project comprises two distinct tracks, each with its own objective: Track 1 prepares girls at the South Camp remand center and correctional facility with marketable technical skills, life skills, and individualized psychosocial attention to enable their successful reintegration into society. Track 2 assists the releasees from South Camp and Metcalfe in accessing educational, vocational, and internship/employment opportunities, while providing comprehensive case management for at least six months after release.
Concrete benefits for Jamaica: The project will promote healthy emotional environments within correctional facilities, and increase economic prosperity for youth who are currently incarcerated as key strategies to reducing recidivism, and, ultimately, crime and violence. The project focuses on improving the quality of, and access to rehabilitation and training services for juvenile remandees and charged offenders in the areas of life skills and emotional wellbeing, education and technical skills, and vocational training. The project will enhance the case management system and systemize follow-up by parole officers, social workers, and local civil society organizations from South Camp and Metcalfe following the remandees release.
The OAS Student Internship Program is designed for undergraduate, graduate and young professional student to allow them to work within their fields of study. The program although unpaid is very competitive. The OAS has 28 national offices and some special programs located in the member states. Internships are available in almost all of the offices and this will allow interns to choose whether they prefer to work in their home country or in another office.
The Organization of American States (OAS) is the main political forum of the hemisphere which promotes and supports Democracy, Human Rights, Multidimensional Security and the Integral Development in the Americas. The OAS seeks to prevent conflicts and to provide political stability, social inclusion and prosperity in the region, through dialogue and collective actions.
We offer you a unique opportunity to gain work experience in different areas and in an international and a multicultural environment. You will have the opportunity to participate in a meaningful learning experience with orientation to the OAS mission, pillars, structure and projects in the hemisphere.
The OAS has 28 national offices and some special programs located in the member states. This allows anyone interested, to participate in the internship program in their country of origin, or other country of interest.
Besides working in the different projects of the Office, interns must participate in a series of activities that are part of a Complementary Online Program
This is an unpaid internship. Candidates must meet a series of requirements.
All the documents should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Internships are available in Washington DC. Check out www.oas.org/internships.
The OAS Academic Scholarship Program (Regular Program), established in 1958, grants scholarships every year for the pursuit of Master’s Degrees, Doctoral Degrees and Research leading to a degree. The OAS Special Caribbean Scholarships Program (SPECAF), established in 1983, grants scholarships for the last two years of undergraduate studies to citizens and residents of the English-speaking Caribbean OAS Member States. In addition to these programs the OAS, through its Partnerships Program for Education and Training (PAEC), is able to offer other attractive scholarship opportunities for academic studies with the support of its partner institutions in the Americas and around the world.
The OAS - Rowe Fund loan program for studies in the United States was established in 1948. This program grants financial aid in the form of interest-free loans for up to $15,000 dollars for graduate, research, and the last two years of undergraduate studies, including semester exchange programs. Applications may be submitted at any time during the studies in the U.S. and are accepted and reviewed year-round. For more information about how to obtain a Rowe Fund loan, find other financial aid for studies abroad, or identify a university in the United States according to field of study, cost, or location, visit: www.oas.org/en/rowefund and follow us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/rowefund