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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Monitor health and hygiene improvement in a sanitation project 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
260200  Monitor health and hygiene improvement in a sanitation project 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Water Sector 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 12 - Physical Planning and Construction Civil Engineering Construction 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 3  NQF Level 03  12 
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 replaces: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
115894  Promote health and hygiene improvement in a project-level sanitation project  Level 4  NQF Level 04  12  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
The qualifying learner achieving this unit standard in combination with context expertise standard(s) will be able to identify and monitor health needs using the quality assurance framework, and plan a locally-relevant health intervention in the context of water and sanitation improvement projects. Learners accessing this standard will be working in health and hygiene monitoring. This competence will enable the learner to monitor health awareness in communities, which will contribute towards improved environmental health and socio-economic well-being within a community and the preservation of environmental resources for future generations. Achieving this unit standard will provide foundational learning that will advance his/her own expertise and employability in the water and other related sectors. This skill will contribute towards effective health and hygiene promotion at project team level.

The Learner will be able to:
  • Monitor locally specific health and hygiene interventions.
  • Report monitoring indicators to the project facilitator.
  • Demonstrate understanding of quality assurance practices as a basis of project implementation monitoring.
  • Resolve non-conformance issues in water, health and sanitation projects.
  • Demonstrate understanding of basic health, social and environmental issues which relate to the sanitation environment. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Literacy and communication skills at NQF Level 3 or equivalent. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Learners who meet the requirements of this unit standard should be able to gather data at the local level and use this to plan a locally relevant health monitoring intervention related to water and sanitation issues. This work should include the relevance of good sanitation and hygiene to people living with HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis as well as an understanding of pathogens, the cycle of infection, breaking the cycle of infection (wherever possible) using quality assurance, appropriate behaviours and technologies. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Monitor locally specific health and hygiene interventions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Health and hygiene interventions are classified in terms of broad categories that can be monitored. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Methods selected for monitoring interventions are appropriate for the specific intervention. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Specific health and hygiene interventions are monitored in line with project requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Tools used to conduct water and sanitation-related health and hygiene monitoring are appropriate to the scenario. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Sanitation promotion interventions are monitored in accordance with the project outline and variances are recorded in accordance with workplace procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Report monitoring indicators to the project facilitator. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Requirements to be reported are identified and classified into broad categories for reporting. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Data for inclusion into the reports is gathered and confirmed for accuracy in accordance with accepted practices. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Key health indicators are reported accurately to the project facilitator. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The report is submitted in a format accepted by the organization. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Problems are identified and potential solutions are provided that could assist the facilitator in streamlining the process in future. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Demonstrate understanding of quality assurance practices as a basis of project implementation monitoring. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The difference between quality control and quality assurance is defined according to project methodology principles. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The importance of health, hygiene and sanitation being aligned to a quality assurance system is described according to project methodology principles. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The purpose of quality control practices is explained in terms of adhering to project timeframes and budgets. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Factors are identified that have an affect on quality control monitoring and related results. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Resolve non-conformance issues in water, health and sanitation projects. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Causes of non-conformances in water, health and sanitation projects are identified and determined according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Causes of non-conformance are recorded according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Causes of non-conformances are prioritised in terms of the impact on the overall project deliverables. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Methods of resolving non-conformance issues are described for various situations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Methods applied are appropriate to the situation and lead to resolution of the non-conformance issues identified. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Demonstrate understanding of basic health, social and environmental issues which relate to the sanitation environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Regulatory issues are described in terms of how they are applicable in governing health, hygiene, social and environmental issues within sanitation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Methods and processes for dealing with communicable diseases are described in accordance with relevant legislation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Records required to comply with the regulatory policies are described in terms of content and structure of reports. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessment and moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the ETQA`s policies and guidelines for assessment and moderation.
  • Moderation must include both internal and external moderation of assessments at exit points of the qualification, unless ETQA policies specify otherwise. Moderation should also encompass achievement of the competence described both in individual unit standards as well as the integrated competence described in the qualification. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Learners completing this unit standard will have knowledge and understanding of:
  • Participatory methodologies (mainly Participatory Rural Appraisal type methodologies, particularly Participatory Hygiene and Sanitation Transformation (PHAST) that represent current best practice in health promotion and health and hygiene education.
  • Water- and sanitation-related health problems.
  • The link between sanitation, water, health and the environment.
  • The cycle of disease (exposure, infection, contamination of water sources, food etc, re-exposure etc).
  • Aspects of hygiene promotion such as safe disposal of human faeces, safe use and protection of water sources, home and environmental hygiene, food hygiene, water and personal hygiene.
  • Sanitation promotion and creating demand for good sanitation, providing user education, monitoring and evaluation.
  • The links between HIV/AIDS, access to water and good sanitation facilities, and good hygiene practices, both in the care of people living with AIDS, and in preventing secondary infections. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made.

    Refer to the following Assessment Criteria:
  • Decisions on what health interventions are required are taken based on data collected.
  • Priorities and intended outcomes are identified.
  • Appropriate tools, including participatory tools, to conduct water and sanitation-related health and hygiene promotion and education interventions are used. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation, and community.

    Refer to all Assessment Criteria. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Plan, organise and manage oneself and one`s interventions responsibly and effectively.

    Refer to the following Assessment Criteria:
  • Hygiene monitoring interventions are planned. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information.

    Refer to the following Assessment Criteria:
  • Decisions on what health interventions are required are taken based on data collected.
  • Priorities and intended outcomes are identified. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the form of oral and/or written presentation.

    Refer to all Assessment Criteria. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others.

    Refer to the following Assessment Criteria:
  • Tools used to conduct water and sanitation-related health and hygiene monitoring are appropriate to the scenario. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation.

    Refer to the following Assessment Criteria:
  • Methods and processes for dealing with communicable diseases are described in accordance with relevant legislation.
  • Causes of non-conformances in water, health and sanitation projects are identified and determined according to standard operating procedures.
  • The importance of health, hygiene and sanitation being aligned to a quality assurance system is described according to project methodology principles. 

  • 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 
    This unit standard replaces unit standard 115894 "Promote health and hygiene improvement in a project-level sanitation project", Level 4, 12 credits. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  64589   National Certificate: Community Water, Health and Sanitation Monitoring  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  EWSETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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