Masayo Kondo has been working with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the field of emergency preparedness and response since 1995. As a desk officer, she covered issues in Latin America, and Asia and the Pacific, including disasters and conflicts. She has also served as Electoral Observer with the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission, ONUSAL (UN Observer Mission in El Salvador), for the residential election after the historic peace agreement in 1992.
Masayo holds a MA in international relations (Latin American Studies) from Stanford University, California. Prior to that, she worked with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in Japan and in Paraguay, supporting smooth operations of projects to promote technical cooperation and develop local capacities. (During her involvement in Paraguay, the President was ousted in a coup d’état).
Masayo has been supporting efforts to enhance international coordination of emergency preparedness and response and to strengthen governments’ response capacity. She also led the team of formulating a Policy Instruction for OCHA’s Role in Emergency Preparedness in August 2010. Most recently, she and her colleagues initiated a pilot project in Ghana to assess national capacity in responding to emergencies, where sustainable efforts to strengthen local capacities for peacebuilding are in progress since 2007. Her interests lie in supporting local capacities for conflict prevention and peacebuilding, translating policies into practical solutions, and enhancing collaboration between humanitarian and development actors to promote and strengthen capacities on the ground.