Read about Maryam Ibrahim
Information Management Officer
Information Management Unit, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Human Affairs, Nigeria
What brought you to a career in technology at the United Nations?
I find a career in technology at the UN as an opportunity to provide aid and support to the affected people in my own way using my analytical skills and creative abilities. As an information management officer or graphic and multimedia designer, data management brings unlimited possibilities, especially when visualizing. I find working in IM to be a very rewarding and exciting career that allows me to learn new skills every day and use them to develop information products that support decision-making.
What has been your favorite IT project at the United Nations and what was your technical contribution?
Working as an information management officer, I get to work on different information products. One of the main products I work on is the quarterly humanitarian dashboard, which basically highlights the response of clusters in different locations monthly. This information product used to be a 2-pager document which wasn’t very detailed compared to the comprehensive data we receive from sectors. I collaborated with my team to effectively come up with a more robust and comprehensive dashboard which highlights in detail, each cluster response. I designed the template in such a way that each cluster has a separate response page. We transformed the dashboard from a 2-pager to a comprehensive 11-pager.
What advice would you give women interested in pursuing a field in technology?
Go for it and you will love it! Keep learning and do not be intimidated. The sky is your starting point.