International Peace Cooperation Program Advisors (past)

Profile of Former Program Advisors

WATANABE Takateru (2nd Term)

(img)Observation of the School Feeding Project conducted by WFP and the Government of Timor-Leste (Fatumian Sub-district, Covalima district, Timor-Leste, taken in February 2008

Observation of the School Feeding Project
conducted by WFP and the Government of
Timor-Leste (Fatumian Sub-district, Covalima
district, Timor-Leste, taken in February 2008.
The construction of the school was
implemented by the Grant of Japanese
Government in 2006)

  1. Profile
    Born in Osaka in 1972. Graduated from Department of International Relations, Kobe City University of Foreign Studies. Following the work at a city bank, worked for a total of 6 years in Tanzania, Angola and Zimbabwe as a development consultant and a researcher and a grassroots project coordinator at the Japanese Embassy. Received MA in Development Studies from University of Bradford in 2003. From April 2006 for six months, worked as a program advisor at the Secretariat of the International Peace Cooperation Headquarters ( IPCHQ ), the Cabinet Office of the Government of Japan. From October 2006 to present, work as a logistics officer at United Nations World Food Programme ( WFP ) in Timor-Leste.

  2. Activities at IPCHQ 
    Since my research theme was "Development of PKO - towards Collaboration with Peacebuilding Support", I had worthwhile experiences to learn the essence of Peace Keeping Operation by means of literature review and interview with government officials and NGO staffs, albeit the assignment was limited to 6 months. Also, I had a good opportunity to hold a class at universities regarding a broader perspective of Peacebuilding Support, not necessarily limited to International Peace Cooperation by the Government of Japan. As a whole, I am grateful to have had these chances, which are, in particular, very helpful to my current job that requires a close cooperation with the UN Mission in Timor-Leste, UNMIT (United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste).

  3. Message to those who are willing to involve in the field of International Peace Cooperation
    May it depend on one's view, the concept of International Peace Cooperation embraces a broad range of areas. Among them, the IPCHQ deals with a specific area under a Japanese law concerning cooperation through United Nations Peacekeeping Operations and Other Operations. On the other hand, working at the IPCHQ has offered me an invaluable opportunity to touch on the Japanese policy making process regarding International Peace Cooperation through the UN system, and to work together with those who possess the common aspiration towards contributions to International Peace Cooperation.