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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Conduct disaster risk assessment 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
251967  Conduct disaster risk assessment 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Generic Management 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 03 - Business, Commerce and Management Studies Generic Management 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  15 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard will enable disaster risk management practitioners and related role-players to improve effectiveness of services by being able to conduct disaster risk assessment utilising integrated and multi-disciplinary approaches.

A person credited with this unit standard is able to:
  • Define, identify and classify hazards for a specific area by using different tools and techniques.
  • Identify and record critical facilities in order to identify high risk areas.
  • Determine the community vulnerability by applying different models of vulnerability analysis.
  • Define the capacity and resilience of a community to deal with risk.
  • Compile a risk profile to determine and highlight the high risk consideration areas.
  • Interpret a risk profile to make high level recommendations for risk reduction strategies.

    This unit standard will contribute to the development of the learner within the context of the disaster risk management discipline. Learners who have achieved this unit standard will increase their opportunities for further development and employability within the disaster risk management environment. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that the learner has the following knowledge and skills:
  • Communication at NQF Level 4.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 4. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The words threat and hazard are used as synonyms where appropriate.

    Threatening situations are inclusive of risk to individuals, social, environmental, infrastructural.

    The word environment in the context of this unit standard includes communities and/or areas. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Define, identify and classify hazards for a specific area by using different tools and techniques. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Arrangments are made to facilitate the process of hazard analysis. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Arrangments includes but is not limited to establishing forums, workshops etc. to conduct hazard analysis, all the logistical and administrative preparations, and preparing material required for hazard analysis.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Potential hazards are identified, and mapped by identified role-players in order to have a comprehensive view of all possible hazards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A hazard index is applied to define and classify the identified hazards. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Hazard index could include but is not limited to probability, frequency, magnitude etc.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The hazards are mapped or recorded on appropriate tools and report formats for hazard analysis. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Tools can be either prescribed recording formats or electronic capturing.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Areas with multiple hazards are clearly identified and recorded for consideration. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Identify and record critical facilities in order to identify high risk areas. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Different categories of critical facilities are identified and used in order to determine the sources of detailed information for each category. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Critical facilities are mapped or recorded for the specified area. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Data regarding the critical facility is collected and captured in order to determine the vulnerability of the facility. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Areas with multiple vulnerable facilities and intersections with hazards are identified and recorded for consideration. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Determine the vulnerability of a community by applying different models of vulnerability analysis. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Principle elements which are vulnerable to certain hazards are identified and understood in order to assist with the vulnerability evaluation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The vulnerability of a community is quantified by using different quantification models. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A comprehensive vulnerability analysis is conducted by considering different influences on the community by using a vulnerability index. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Influences include but is not limited to political, environmental, legislative, economical influences.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The vulnerable elements are recorded on prescribed tools or reporting formats in order to contribute towards a comprehensive risk assessment. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Define the capacity and resilience of a community to deal with risk. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The theoretical concept of capacity is interpreted in order to list different categories or types of capacity. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Specific and available physical capacities that exist are identified within the community and the capacity index is defined and applied to capture existing capacity. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The detailed information of the various capacities is gathered and captured for future use and reference. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Support networks and mutual assistance are identified and documented in order to complete the risk analysis. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Compile a risk profile to determine and highlight the high risk consideration areas. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Different methodologies are researched and selected to prepare a risk profile. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Information for a risk profile is prepared by applying the different formulas to determine the required values for the risk profile. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The calculated information is applied to draw up a risk profile. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The risk profile is completed by presenting it in an understandable and easy to use format. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Interpret risk profile to make high level recommendations for risk reduction strategies. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The different risk reduction strategies are interpreted and applied to possible risks. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    All the related facts have been documented to support recommendation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Recommendations are presented and tabled in an understandable and easy to use format for further reference. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • The assessment will be governed by the policies and guidelines of the relevant Education and Training Quality Assuror (ETQA) that has jurisdiction over this field of learning.
  • The assessor will (at the very least) be accredited and have a relevant qualification and be a subject matter expert in this learning area and at least have 3 years experience in the skills specific area.
  • The learner can be assessed against this unit standard to obtain credits or as part of an integrated assessment for a qualification.

    > Internal moderation.
    > External moderation.
    > An assessor, accredited by the relevant ETQA, will assess the learner's competency.
    > Assessment procedures will be supplied by the ETQA in alignment with NSB requirements.
    > All assessment activities must be fair, so that all candidates have equal opportunities. Activities must be free of gender, ethnic or other bias.
    > Assessment and moderation procedures, activities and tools must be transparent, affordable and support development within the field, sub-field and NQF.
    > Questions and answers to determine theoretical knowledge are expected.
    > Assessment of a portfolio of evidence.
    > Direct observation in simulated and/or controlled work conditions. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Names, functions and locations of:
  • Local environment including structures, institutions and infrastructure.

    Purpose of processes and procedures of:
  • Risk assessment processes.
  • Methods of a analysis.
  • Reporting channels.

    Attributes, properties, characteristics related to:
  • Formats of written reports and content.
  • Risk assessment formats.
  • GIS or related applications.

    Cause and effect, implications of:
  • Relationship and impact of hazard, vulnerable and capacity.
  • Relationship between identified hazards and the environment.

    Categories of things, processes, concepts:
  • Stakeholder knowledge.
  • Principles of stakeholder involvement and participation.
  • Basic disaster risk management concepts.

    Procedures and techniques:
  • Analytical procedures, methods and techniques.
  • Liaison protocol.
  • Group/Teamwork techniques.

    Regulations, legislation, agreements, policies:
  • Disaster Management Act.
  • Related legislation and regulations.

    Theory: Rules, laws, principles:
  • Disaster management terminology and concepts.
  • Political and regulatory.
  • Basic theoretical disaster models.

    Relationships, systems:
  • Development and resilience/vulnerability.
  • Hazard, vulnerability and capacity.
  • Between the constitution, legislation and disasters.
  • The inter-relationship between stakeholders and the environment.
  • Between political aspects/influences impacting on relationships with stakeholders.
  • Between government and organisational departments. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identifying and solving problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made when:
  • Identifying risks. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Working effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation, and community during:
  • The identification of hazards.
  • The identification of vulnerabilities.
  • The process of increasing resilience in the environment. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organising and managing oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively when:
  • Plan ahead.
  • Compliance with applicable legislation.
  • Performing appropriate checks and procedures.
  • Using checklists where appropriate. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicating effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written persuasion when:
  • Convey risk identification information to relevant structures.
  • Meetings and informal communication with stakeholders. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrating an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation when:
  • Development and resilience/vulnerability.
  • Hazard, vulnerability and capacity.
  • Between the constitution, legislation and disasters.
  • The inter-relationship between stakeholders and the environment.
  • Between political aspects/influences impacting on relationships with stakeholders.
  • Between government and organisational departments. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    Supplementary Information:

    Notes to Assessors:

    Assessors should keep the following general principles in mind when designing and conducting assessments against this unit standard:
  • Focus the assessment activities on gathering evidence in terms of the main outcome expressed in the title to ensure assessment is integrated rather than fragmented. Remember we want to declare the person competent in terms of the title. Where assessment at title level is unmanageable, then focus assessment around each specific outcome, or groups of specific outcomes. Do not focus the assessment activities on each assessment criterion. Rather make sure the assessment activities focus on outcomes and are sufficient to enable evidence to be gathered around all the assessment criteria.
  • At this level some errors are to be expected. Assessors must use professional judgement in evaluating competence.
  • Make sure evidence is gathered across the range as expressed under the title. Specific range statements under individual outcomes or assessment criteria are illustrations, from which learning programme developers can select. Assessment activities should be as close to the real performance as possible, and where simulations or role-plays are used, there should be supporting evidence to show the candidate is able to perform in the real situation.
  • The task of the assessor is to gather sufficient evidence, of the prescribed type and quality, as specified in this unit standard, that the candidate can achieve the outcomes again and again.
  • All assessments should be conducted in line with the following well-documented principles: Assessment should be appropriate, fair, manageable, integrated into work or learning, valid, and consistent. Evidence should be authentic, sufficient, and current.
  • Assessment of this standard can be carried out through continuous assessment throughout the course of study and specific performances assessed. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  57712   Further Education and Training Certificate: Generic Management  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  59201   National Certificate: Generic Management  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
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    5. DISASTER MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS (PTY) LTD (DMS) 
    6. IQ Skills Academy (PTY) LTD. 
    7. ITO Focus Reagile 
    8. Jobafrik Consulting 
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    24. Pioneer Business Consulting 
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    All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.