Two decades since joining the IOM, Mrs. Phoebe Muchangi looks back fondly at how much the organization has grown and changed for the better.
“When I joined IOM, we only had one typewriter and sent messages through a telex machine. The telex was later phased out and a fax machine was introduced. My best moment was the debut of the first computer; no one wanted to use the type writer any more. It is funny how the 10 staff members at the time would line up and wait for their turn to use the computer. It was a shadow of the work stations we enjoy now, and the number of staff has also increased from 10 to 400,” said the smiling Mrs. Muchangi.
Phoebe began her career with IOM as the executive assistant to the then Chief of Mission, Mr. Martin Vogt, and later became a human resources assistant, finance assistant and cashier respectively.
In 1998, Mrs. Muchangi moved to the operations/movement department where she currently works as an operations assistant. “It is fun working here. I enjoy it because my job gives so much meaning to IOM’s mandate of migration management. The team I work with is significant in managing safe, orderly and humane movement of refugees in the region. I am grateful to the management for recognizing the effort in the work that I do and the period of time that I have done it.” Says Phoebe.
The IOM Regional Director for East and Horn of Africa, Ashraf El Nour praised Mrs. Muchangi for her diligence and commitment to her work at IOM stating that her service to the humanitarian service is deeply appreciated by the organisation. Mr. El Nour also urged Mrs. Muchangi to be a role model to the younger staff members.
Asked what has been her pillar of strength, Mrs. Muchangi urged her fellow staff members to have a positive attitude towards work, “shun negativity and view work as a privilege, leave work at work and find some time to relax. This will balance professional and personal life,” she opines.
Her Message to IOM Staff Worldwide: “Teamwork is crucial in our area of work, appreciate your colleagues. They all have unique contributions towards IOM’s mission and vision”