The Human Rights Adviser in Jamaica was deployed in 2014 at request of the UN Country Team and the UN Resident Coordinator in Jamaica in the framework of the United Nations Development Group (UNDG) Human Rights Mainstreaming Mechanism (UNDG-HRM).
The central tasks of the Human Rights Adviser in Jamaica is to support the UN Resident Coordinator and the United Nations Country Team in integrating human rights into their programmes and activities and upon request of national partners to provide advice, training and technical assistance, in particular to the Government and other State entities as well as civil society stakeholders in order to strengthen national capacity for the promotion and protection of human rights.
- The integration of a human rights based approach (HRBA) into the Multi-Country Sustainable Development Framework (MSDF) and the Jamaica Country Implementation Plan (2017-2021) and other key strategic planning tools of the UN agencies, funds and programmes present in Jamaica, including by capacity building.
- Support the human rights aspects in UN program activities in Jamaica in particular with regard to ending gender based violence, sexual and reproductive health, fight against HIV/AIDS, social cohesion and citizens’ security, justice and governance, and others.
- Provision of human rights expertise, technical support and assistance to counterparts in the framework of UN programs, including the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), Bureau of Gender Affairs, Ministry of Justice
- Support the UNRC and UNCT and national partners in their engagement with international human rights mechanisms such as the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), Treaty Bodies and Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council.
The Human Rights Adviser works under the following thematic priorities:
- Widening the democratic space, in particular the support to the creation of a NHRI;
- Human rights in development and the economic sphere;
- Early Warning and Protection of human rights in situations of conflict, violence and insecurity;
- Countering Discrimination;
- Strengthening of the effectiveness of international human rights mechanisms.
The Human Rights Adviser works with the United Nations Country Team on human rights mainstreaming in their programmes and plans, including capacity building, human rights situation analysis, the follow-up on UPR recommendations and engagement with international mechanisms, the promotion and dissemination of international human rights standards, the advice on national polices, legislation and strategic plans as well as closely supporting the activities of the UN Theme Group on Gender and Human Rights.
Together with UNCT and in particular UNDP, the Human Rights Adviser provides technical assistance and advice on the creation of a National Human Rights Institution at request of the Ministry of Justice and the Office of the Public Defender (OPD). The OPD requested the human rights training of all staff which first phase was concluded after a six-months course in weekly training sessions.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade is interested to receive technical cooperation in the strengthening of their reporting mechanism to treaty bodies in particular a data base to follow-up on international recommendations. The Human Rights Adviser together with UNICF also assists the Jamaica Constabulary Force with regard to internal guidance on human rights and human rights training.
Together with UNDP, UNWOMEN, UNFPA, UNAIDS and ILO training for the judiciary at request of the Chief Justice has started. Several other State entities express at a regular basis interest to receive punctual assistance and training in applying human rights standards to their thematic priorities. In addition, the HRA is in contact with civil society partners supporting initiatives towards the dissemination of human rights standards, participating in punctual activities including on advocacy for and promotion of human rights.