Read about Wendy Oludhe
Regional Field Technology Service,
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
What brought you to a career in technology at the United Nations?
I was looking forward to work with an organization that has a mission of promoting peace, human rights, and sustainable development around the world. The UN offers a variety of opportunities to work on cutting-edge technology projects that have a global impact and there is an environment where we can collaborate with colleagues from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
What has been your favorite IT project at the United Nations and what was your technical contribution?
Working on the Field Support Suite which supports various field operations performed by UN peacekeeping missions. It provides a range of integrated applications and tools that help UN personnel to manage and coordinate their activities, resources, and logistics in a complex and rapidly changing environment. My technical contribution involves working as a Software Developer/Analyst in analyzing and developing/programming modules and workflows in the FSS suite. Some of modules and clients include Passenger Booking System, Cargo Booking System, EdGrant, Office of Military Affairs, UN Police among others.
What advice would you give women interested in pursuing a field in technology?
There is so much the tech-world can offer, find a path that works for you! Don’t be intimidated by the men who are already doing great things there but believe in yourself, believe in your abilities and don’t let self-doubt hold you back. As technology rapidly evolves, you must learn continuously to stay updated with the latest developments and trends. Build a network with like minded professionals and seek out mentors or sponsors to support your career. Lastly, be bold! Don’t be afraid to take risks, you fail, you learn and as you steadily develop your discipline, you will find it’s the most rewarding career with great returns.