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AfricaRecruit HR Newsletter


Published By AfricaRecruit HR Club April 2008  | Vol. 4 Issue 2


Annoucement of new book on Talent Management Planning Project |African Human Resources Conference- Understanding Labour Market Dynamics | Harnessing Science and Technology Skills in Africa | Findajobinafrica

Announcement of new book on Talent Management Planning
“Talent Management Planning: Unlocking the full business potential” by Stan Daneman (Copyright 2008) of Toronto, Canada is now available.

The book outlines the issues of talent management as a business or systems solution: is talent management merely another application software solution that provides human resource information and career planning information, or should it also form part of the overall business planning philosophy of an organization? The objective is not to downgrade and software application that supports the overall HR activity but rather to reposition the planning of the talent pool as an integral activity within the overall business planning activities of the business. – irrespective of the size, industry or system sophistication of the organization.

The book addresses the changing business environment and the impact on the changing talent pool.

A seven step methodology is presented in the book to assist in the planning of the talent pool, these steps are:

  • Business goal and information assessment
  • Staff portfolio and gap analysis
  • Success planning and development
  • Retention planning
  • Recruitment planning
  • Recovery and versatility planning, and
  • Performance measurement and compliance planning

For information on obtaining copies of the book contact strat-is@rogers.com

African Human Resources Conference "Understanding Labor Market Dynamics in Africa" 10-12th June 08, Accra, Ghana,

Compensation and human resources professionals are invited to attend the event focused on managing HR issues in Africa.

Registration is underway for Understanding Labor Market Dynamics in Africa, a conference sponsored by Birches Group LLC and the African Development Bank (AfDB). The conference will be held at the African Regent Hotel in Accra, Ghana, from June 10-12, 2008. Compensation and human resources professionals from leading multi-national companies with business operations in Africa are expected to participate in the event.

The conference agenda includes a keynote address by the AfDB Private Sector Division, plus case studies and roundtable discussions about the challenges of human resources management in Africa. Individual session topics include:

  • How to Measure Total Rewards in the African Market,
  • Convergence of Private and Public Sector Talent in Africa,
  • Case Study: Cairo - A Market in Flux,
  • Plus roundtable discussions with leading employers.
Birches Group consultants will facilitate the sessions, sharing their expertise and insights into Africa and other emerging market economies. Birches Group conducts labor market surveys in every African country, and works with many public and private sector organizations in the region.

Participants are expected from many leading companies, including consumer products, banking, oil and gas, telecom and technology companies, along with representatives from leading international public sector organizations. Both global companies and leading pan-African employers are expected to participate.

Labor markets in Africa are varied and dynamic, and require market intelligence and constant innovation in order to compete. Conference attendees will hear from their peers about human resources approaches that are most effective in their respective companies. Birches Group consultants will also share a perspective on the market, utilizing rich market data from across the region, spanning leading employers in Africa.

For more information about the conference, or to register, contact Birches Group in New York (+1-212-972-6970) or visit http://www.birchesgroup.com.

The African Development Bank is the premier financial development institution of Africa, dedicated to combating poverty and improving the lives of people of the continent and engaged in the task of mobilizing resources towards the economic and social progress of its Regional Member Countries. The Bank's mission is to promote economic and social development through loans, equity investments, and technical assistance. Visit our website at http://www.afdb.org

Birches Group LLC is human resources consulting firm focused exclusively on developing markets around the world. Birches Group labor market surveys are available in over 140 countries throughout Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America and the South Pacific. Birches Group assists client organizations in the management of their total compensation and human resources strategies. Visit our website athttp://www.birchesgroup.com

Warren Heaps - Partner

Harnessing Science and Technology Skills in Africa

Science and Technology provides the foundation for innovation and technological development, which will have a significant impact in the socio-economic development of Africa. Accelerating the capacity and capabilities of science and technology in Africa by harnessing its skills and knowledge will require collaboration, partnership and networking of all stakeholders. African nationals abroad involved in Science and Technology are one of the key stakeholders that do need to be mobilised and engaged to enable them to effectively engaged in enabling the advancement of Science and Technology in Africa.

The Africa Diaspora Science and Technology project seeks to:

  • Effectively mobilise and engage the African Diaspora in Science, Engineering, Technology and related sectors for projects in Africa .
  • Gain an in-depth understanding of the ongoing African Diaspora science and technology initiatives .
  • To gain an in-depth understanding of the challenges and solution to enable effective and sustainable Diaspora engagement .
  • To develop a sustainable work plan to enable effective Diaspora engagement

Areas of Focus included but not limited to:

  • Health and Human Well-being
  • Sustainable Energy
  • Natural and Human-induced Hazards and Disasters
  • Global Change
  • Natural sciences
  • Engineering
  • Technology
  • Research and Innovation Support and Advancement
  • Astro/Space/Geo Sciences
  • Biodiversity/Conservation
  • Nuclear Sciences

How to get involved: A series of focused roundtable with African’s involved in Science and Technology is planned for Europe and North America if you will like explore opportunities for your organisation to get involved

Contact us at: scienceandtechnology@africarecruit.com and/or visit http://www.africarecruit.com/diasporainscienceandtechnology http://www.africarecruit.com

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