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Daffine Kagota
Head HR Africa , Social enterprise- for profit
Nairobi, Kenya
English speaking HR generalist with over 10 years’ experience in senior HR roles working across multiple countries including: Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Ghana, Rwanda, DRC and Zimbabwe. My experience ranges from consulting to HR management supporting businesses as they scale from start-ups to large complex multinationals. Can relocate immediately.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Administration, Management, Accounting/Finance, Procurement
  • Capacity Building, Training, Advocacy, Political
  • Environment, Climate, Energy, Water, Sanitation
  • Private Sector, Social Enterprise, Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Social, Education, Gender, Youth, Child
Professional Experience:
Through various senior human resource management and consultant roles, I have traveled to and worked in several countries including: Uganda, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, South Africa, Mozambique, Ethiopia, Namibia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Nepal and Jordan. My current role as Head of Human Resources Africa at Greenlight Planet, has seen me develop and implement innovative people management solutions across multiple countries and in just four years grown the staff complement to over 800 permanent staff and thousands of sales agents across Africa. I have successfully built and managed remote cross-functional teams all the while developing a strong performance culture and a commitment to the company mission evidenced by the low levels of employee turnover.

Prior to joining Greenlight Planet, I held several positions within the area of HR both within industry and as an HR consultant. I worked as the Talent Lead at JM Mantle & Co. Limited (Kenya); Senior HR Advisor at VTTI Kenya Limited (consultancy); Senior HR Consultant in the People and Change function at PwC Kenya; Capacity Building Policy Analyst at DAI Kenya; HR and Business Development Advisor at Opensky East Africa and HR and Training Manager at Streams HR Strategies (Pty) Ltd in South Africa.

For the past 5 years I have been working in a fast-paced start-up environment within the Renewable Energy sector leading HR management, learning, development and culture initiatives across Africa. I have a strong passion for implementing HR policies, procedures, and practices that drive overall organisation performance while fostering a deep sense of self motivation and employee engagement. My areas of expertise include:
• HR strategy design and implementation of HR initiatives that support strategic organisational goals
• Talent management and recruitment of key high-level roles across multiple countries
• Design and management of competitive compensation and benefits programmes relevant to the African markets
• Coaching and providing guidance to leaders on effective people management practices
• Identification and roll out of HR Management Information Systems that adequately meet HR data management needs and provide a reliable platform for HR analytics that better inform business decisions
• Performance management- from goal setting to cultivating a performance- oriented culture of on-going feedback, 360-degree evaluations, coaching and development
• Leading learning and development from skills needs assessment, developing learning programmes, delivering training, evaluating programme effectiveness and coaching L&D managers to effectively manage the learning process end to end
• Employee relations- implementing programmes that foster sustained employee engagement, positive work relationships and individual commitment to the organisation
• HR Reporting and delivering presentations to investors on key HR metrics across the organisation.
• Compliance- Ensuring that HR policies and initiatives ar
Education:
MA in Labour Relations and Human Resources Management - Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa

BA Honours Labour Relations and Human Resources Management (Cum Laude) - Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa

BSc. Information Sciences, Publishing major (Upper Second Class Honors) - Moi University, Kenya
Affiliations and Achievements:
Voted Values Champion in 2017 at Greenlight Planet for consistently demonstrating and living by the company's values

Voted Most Valuable Player in 2016 at Greenlight Planet for demonstrating incredible team work and cross functional collaboration

Member, Institute of Human Resources Management, Kenya

Available for:
  • Consulting assignments
  • Job opportunities
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    Years of Experience:
    10-15 years
    Highest Qualification:
    Masters
    Languages:
    English, Swahili
    Nationality:
    Kenya
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