Maureen Achieng (1993-94)

maureen-achieng-01I was always passionate about development studies, which is why I ended up at the IDD in 1993. Promptly upon graduation (1994), I was fortunate to land a job as a United Nations Volunteer in Haiti, seconded to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), to work on a nationwide community development programme. It was an experience I treasure to this day!

Following a two year stint in Haiti, I proceeded to Guatemala where I spent a year learning Spanish and exploring Central America. I then proceeded to work for the IOM in various capacities in different countries – Kenya (my home country – two years), Kosovo (three years), Switzerland (where IOM is headquartered, for two years), Haiti (for a second tour of duty, three years), Senegal (one year), and back to IOM Headquarters in Geneva (five years to date), Switzerland.

I currently head a division that is charged with, among others, oversight of institutional relations and engagement with/support for Regional Consultative Processes on Migration (RCPs) and related entities, as well as relations with civil society.

It has been a wonderful ride, and I am thankful to IDD/Birmingham University for the solid grounding it gave me. After nineteen fantastic years studying, working and living abroad, I am keen to get a posting back in Africa, preferably in Kenya, to pursue new horizons.