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Hideaki Shinoda

Hideaki ShinodaDirector of HPC, Program Director for The Program for Global Human Resource Development for Peacebuilding and Development
Professor, Graduate School of Tokyo University of Foreign Studies [website]
(Ph.D. in International Relations (LSE) He has authored numerous books and articles on peacebuilding such as Peace-building and the Rule of Law (Osaragi Rondan Award), Order in International Society, State Sovereignty as a Historical and Political Concept (Suntory Academic Award), Introduction to Peacebuilding, Five Perspectives to Comprehend International Conflicts and History of Ideas of the Right of Collective Self-Defense (Yomiuri Yoshino Sakuzo Award). He has experiences of engagements with NGOs and PKO.)

Peacebuilding requires “peacebuilders” who are willing to contribute to peacebuilding activities. In order to build peace, it is crucial to identify people who can have a sense of fulfillment by contributing to peace. Peacebuilding can involve hard work with great difficulties, which may call for exceptional ability and a strong will. Therefore it is important for “peacebuilders” to have understanding friends for mutual encouragement. We wish to create a community of “peacebuilders” across Japan, other Asian countries and the rest of the world. This Program is being implemented based on such a vision.


Yuji Uesugi

Yuji UesugiHPC Corse Mentor for The Program for Global Human Resource Development for Peacebuilding and Development
Professor, Waseda University [website]
(Ph.D. in International Conflict Analysis (Kent). An editor of books on State-building, Security Sector Reform and Civil-Military Relations, he published Changing UNPKO and Conflict Resolution, awarded from Japan Association for International Security.)

In order to break the cycle of violence, it is necessary to create a new method that overcomes violence. For this reason, peacebuilders need to give their imaginations full rein. Imagination comes into existence not from a void but from a combination of various knowledge and experiences one has gained through life. I sincerely hope that those who are passionate about peacebuilding will find it worth devoting their whole lives to do so. And I also hope that they will develop exceptional capabilities and establish ways of thinking detached from self-interest, so that they, as peacebuilders, will be able to gain people?fs trust in conflict areas. With these hopes I continue to take part in this Program.


Michiru Tamanai

玉内 みちる

HPC Senior Advisor, Career Support & Development; Former Chief of Human Resources, UNICEF India

At the Primary Course, I offer a workshop and lecture concerning UN Career Development and Human Resources Selection System as well as provide a Mock Competency-Based Interview coaching session to the Program Associates on a one-on-one basis. This Course is an excellent training program, which provides the Program Associates with a truly valuable opportunity to “experience as if working in the field as a UN staff” through participatory workshops and simulation. With the support from the seasoned facilitators of the highest caliber, it is wonderful to see the Program Associates actively participate in the workshops and learn practical knowledge and essential competencies necessary for working for the UN and international organizations to expand their potential. In order to work as a professional in UN, it is critical to have a high level of language skills, master’s degree, knowledge and experience in expertise area as well as various soft skills. In addition, one must be able to showcase his/her competencies and the ability to “hit-the-ground-running” as an immediate asset through the application documents and during the interview. To understand the UN Competency framework is crucial as it is used for staff selection, development and performance evaluation. Having worked as an HR professional in the UN system for over 16 years, it is my true honor and pleasure to share the know-how and tips on how to strategically prepare for UN Careers to the Program Associates. I enjoy providing continuous mentoring and career development support to the current/former participants who work for various UN organizations in the world.


Desmond Molloy

Desmond MolloyHPC Course Mentor for The Program for Global Human Resource Development for Peacebuilding and Development
Program Director at Liaison Office in Myanmar, Nippon Foundation
(After serving with the Irish Army for 20 years, he has been working as an expert in DDR with extensive experiences in leading UN DDR programmes in Sierra Leone, Haiti, Central African Republic, and Nepal.)

At a time of ever increasing global conflict, the importance of the contribution of expert peacebuilders throughout the world is greater than ever. Experience proves that the greatest contribution to peacebuilding comes, not from the application of material resources, but from having the right person, the right human capital, on the ground at the critical time, to make the right decisions and to influence the critical actors. HPC’s effort to prepare Asian novice and experienced peacebuilders to meet this challenge is a worthy cause with which to be associated. I am proud to have the opportunity to offer the benefit of my field experience in post-conflict interventions, primarily DDR, emergency coordination and military management, and my more recently learned capacity for scholarly analysis, to developing the capacity of peacebuilders through HPC’s courses.



HPC Staff

We, HPC staff, are working for this Global Peacebuilders Program.
We are now preparing for three training courses: The Primary Course, The Global Career Course, and The Mid-Career Course. Our work is not only in managing the training courses but also in providing ‘Career Development Support’ for the those who participate in the program.
Through managing this program, we have been learning a lot from all participants and Program Associates from various backgrounds as well as from world-class facilitators mainly from the UN.
We will do our best to make it possible for all participants and Program Associates to progress in the field of the peacebuilding and development.