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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Conduct oversight hearings 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
260338  Conduct oversight hearings 
ORIGINATOR
Task Team - Public Fin Oversight & Accountability 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 03 - Business, Commerce and Management Studies Public Administration 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  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 is intended for learners who are members of the national, provincial or municipal legislator and who have been identified to serve, or who are serving on public oversight committees at their respective legislative level. The learner successfully completing this Unit Standard will gain essential knowledge and practical skills to conduct oversight hearings in the scrutiny of public expenditure and accountability of the executive.

A learner credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Plan and prepare for an oversight hearing.
  • Conduct an oversight hearing.
  • Draw up recommendations.
  • Evaluate and monitor responses from the executive. 

  • 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 5.
  • The Unit Standard "Utilise reports as an oversight tool" at NQF Level 6. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Plan and prepare for an oversight hearing. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A strategy for conducting a hearing is developed to reflect the type and source of information required at the hearing. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Type and source include but are not limited to witnesses, reports, information and data findings.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A plan is produced in order to manage and lead oversight hearings which reflect the roles and responsibilities of participants in a specific hearing. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Participants include but are not limited to committee members, stakeholders and identified witnesses.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Public hearing are scheduled and prioritised in accordance with the categorisation of reports. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Hearing questions are formulated from analysed and assimilated information which probe specific oversight queries. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Oversight queries include but are not limited to financial mis-management, non-compliance and corporate governance issues.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Different types of cross-questioning techniques are anticipated and formulated in order to extract information to achieve the oversight objective. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Types includes but are not limited to open, closed and leading questions.
  • Techniques include but are not limited to types of questions, how to ask questions, how to follow a line of questioning and applying specific approach to specific witnesses.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Witnesses are identified and called upon to give testimony at the hearing. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Conduct an oversight hearing. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The hearing strategy is applied during the hearing. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Participants are assigned roles and responsibilities in terms of managing and leading the hearing process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The hearing is conducted in accordance with the schedule, priorities and parliamentary and/or legislature rules and conventions. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Conventions include but are not limited to ethical practice, codes of conduct, norms and practices.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Cross-questioning techniques are utilised in accordance with formulated questions to achieve oversight objectives. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Draw up recommendations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Conclusions and recommendations are drawn up based on the evidence presented at the hearing. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A selection measurement indicator is selected based on the impact of the recommendations. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Measurement indicators include but are not limited to specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and timeous indicators.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Measurement indicators are used in order to measure the impacts of recommendations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The assumptions and short-comings of recommendations are evaluated to reflect viability and feasibility for implementation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Appropriate amendments are made to document corrective actions required based on identified implementation and feasibility challenges. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Stakeholder interests are identified to determine their impacts on recommendations for a specific oversight objective. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Evaluate and monitor responses from the executive. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A set of criteria is produced to evaluate executive responses in terms of the recommendations made. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A response from the executive is evaluated and deliberated on, in order to inform further corrective action. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Responses from the executive are continuously tracked and monitored to complete the oversight process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Follow-up oversight activities are undertaken in order to complete the oversight process. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Follow-up oversight activities include but are not limited to additional meetings, visits, public hearings and public comment.
     


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An individual wishing to be assessed (including through RPL) against this Unit Standard may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution accredited by the relevant ETQA, or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this Unit Standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this Unit Standard or assessing this Unit Standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA at its discretion. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Decision-making.
  • Selection and implementation of correct action.
  • Drawing up a project/business plan.
  • Applying the basic tools of monitoring and evaluation. 

  • 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:
  • Planning and preparing for an oversight hearing.
  • Conducting an oversight hearing.
  • Drawing up recommendations.
  • Evaluating and monitoring responses from the executive. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Working effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation, and community during:
  • The planning and preparing for an oversight hearing.
  • The conducting of an oversight hearing.
  • The evaluation and monitoring of responses from the executive. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organising and managing oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively when:
  • Planning and preparing for an oversight hearing.
  • Conducting an oversight hearing.
  • Drawing up recommendations.
  • Evaluating and monitoring responses from the executive. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collecting, analysing, organising and critically evaluating information to better understand and explain:
  • Recommendations from a hearing. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicating effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written persuasion when:
  • Planning and preparing for an oversight hearing.
  • Conducting an oversight hearing.
  • Drawing up recommendations.
  • Evaluating and monitoring responses from the executive. 

  • 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 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  64670   National Certificate: Public Financial Oversight and Accountability  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  Reregistered  2023-06-30  PSETA 


    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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