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Rufina Achieng
ICT Auditor
Information and Communications Technology Audit, Office of Internal Oversight Services


What brought you to a career in technology at the United Nations?

I have always had a passion for making technology work as an enabler of organizational objectives, and I find complex environments such as the United Nations attractive. I am always interested in effectively merging the people, processes and technology perspectives, solving problems, and flexibly managing emerging challenges.


What has been your favorite technology project or initiative at the United Nations and why? What was your contribution?

My participation in the audits of cybersecurity preparedness in the United Nations Secretariat entities from 2022 to 2023 is a highlight of my technology career. I conducted various analyses and engaged in robust discussions with multiple headquarters and field entities, on how to strengthen their cybersecurity posture for existing and emerging technologies—to manage the risks in the context of their mandates, considering resource optimization and people change management. During these assignments, I made valuable connections with colleagues, further sharpening my insight into cybersecurity issues within the United Nations system and globally.


What advice would you give women interested in pursuing a field in technology?

The technology space is unlimited, ever-evolving and will welcome your contributions. Go for it, keep learning and maintain a network of mentors.