Human Resource Award to Zimbabwe Bishops' Conference Staff "vote of confidence": Officials

ZCBC Finance Manager, Sr. Angela Mugwenhi celebrates with Mr. Albert Dhafana while Dorcas Mugugu looks on. Credit: Catholic Church News Zimbabwe

The recognition of a staff of the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops’ Conference (ZCBC) as one of the best Human Resource (HR) Managers in the Southern African nation has been described as “a show of vote of confidence” in the work that the Church leadership is carrying out in the country. 

Albert Dhafana was among the eight recipients of the Best HR Manager Award, Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Category, given by The Institute of People Management of Zimbabwe (IPMZ) on December 2. 

“It was indeed a show of vote of confidence and trust in the work of the Catholic Church in Zimbabwe,” officials of the ZCBC secretariat say in a Monday, December 6 report

In the report published by the Catholic Church News Zimbabwe, ZCBC officials say, “All our dioceses, institutions and many women and men working tirelessly in the Lord’s vineyard share in this accolade."

"To God be the glory,” they further say in the December 6 report. 


The December 2 awards were organized as part of IPMZ 60th anniversary celebrations held at the Rainbow Towers Hotel and Conference Center in Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare. 

HR personnel from the public and private sectors, NGOs, and parastatals were awarded during the ceremony.

In the December 6 report, ZCBC officials explain that prior to the award ceremony, Select Research and Vali & Co. Chartered Accountants undertook the process of selection and nomination. 

They say the selection process, which involved “nomination, analyzing, scoring, assurance and validation" was “transparent as far as possible.”

"Nominations were done using peer to peer method, market intelligence, publicly available data as well as sector specific information gathering," ZCBC officials say, and add, "This was all done to ensure that individuals and organizations who would eventually come out as winners have a demonstrable and well documented contribution to the human resource profession."

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The documentations that were scrutinized included those relating to employee wellness, recruitment and selection, reward mechanisms, training and development, and dispute resolution. 

"This should contribute to sustainability of organizations as well as growth and development of people, who are the most important assets of an organization," they say. 

As the HR manager, the report says, Mr. Dhafana is responsible for guiding and advising on human capital at the ZCBC Secretariat and Catholic Dioceses across the Southern African country. 

"The HR office of ZCBC is also responsible for the administrative function as well as pensions administration," the December 6 report indicates.  

Magdalene Kahiu is a Kenyan journalist with passion in Church communication. She holds a Degree in Social Communications from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). Currently, she works as a journalist for ACI Africa.