"I'm working with colleagues to digitally transform UNICEF. Come be part of the digital community!"
Fui Meng, Senior Business Relationship Manager at UNICEF's Information and Communication Technology Division, encourages women in tech to speak up and claim the results of their work
I came to UNICEF after working in the private sector for more than 15 years. The most rewarding part of being in UNICEF is that I am part of a team that delivers results for children. And I am surrounded by enthusiastic colleagues to the mission.
Fui Meng is a dynamic leader in business relationship building and management, as well as product development and program management, with a long experience in non-profit organizations and technology companies. As the Senior Business Relationship Manager in UNICEF's Information and Communication Technology Division (ICTD), she is the senior advisor for digital transformation that accelerates results for children. Her main tasks include also being the primary focus on technology partnerships engagement, digital programmes innovation and delivery, and Salesforce CRM adoption for relationship management and fundraising.
How does your typical work day look like?
Strategizing with business partners on the ways to digitally transform UNICEF. Working with colleagues in operationalize the plans. Connecting with colleagues from HQ, ROs and COs to discuss plans, share ideas, brainstorm, etc.
What first sparked your interest in working in the technology industry?
I like technology and I am comfortable with it. It is exciting to be part of it, to see and experience first hand how technology brings change to the world.
What are the challenges, and what the rewarding moments of your job?
I came to UNICEF after working in the private sector for more than 15 years. The most rewarding part of being in UNICEF is that I am part of a team that delivers results for children. And I am surrounded by enthusiastic colleagues to the mission. There are so much to do yet we sometimes face constraints and limitation, which can be challenging at times.
Women continue being underrepresented in professional areas such as technology and engineering. In 2018, only 20% of all jobs in technology were held by women. (Source: Small Business Trends), while the ratio of men to women in engineering is 5:1. (Source: TechRadius). What barriers/stereotypes did you have to break to shape your career in a male-dominated area?
Self-promotion and speak up in a constructive way. Women are seen expecting others to notice their work. Speaking up and claiming the results at times are helpful to break the stereotype; Communicate effectively. See something and say something, especially when it comes to offensive and discriminatory comments; Use results to demonstrate competencies and worry less about people's perception.
How did UNICEF support you and your career, as well as other female colleagues working in ICT?
UNICEF is promoting gender balance in hiring which is a good start. I do think that UNICEF should also focus on broadening the reach to wider and better candidate pools to have more qualified female candidates. This takes additional investments, systematic outreach and additional tools to bring results.
At UNICEF we live the core values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability. Which of the values is very important to you, and why?
All core values are important. If we have respect, then I think the rest would come together as well.
What would you say to women considering a career in UNICEF's ICTD?
Come be part of the digital community!
As UNICEF constantly strives for more Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, it sets specific targets for women's participation. Due to the historical underrepresentation of women in senior positions, UNICEF is committed to achieving gender balance at the P5 (Chief) level by end 2021 and will prioritize eligible and suitable women candidates for P5 positions. In addition, women are strongly encouraged to apply for positions in UNICEF's Information and Communication Technology Division (ICTD).