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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Plan a sanitation project 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
115953  Plan 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 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
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 
The qualifying learner achieving this unit standard in combination with context expertise standard(s) will be able to plan an integrated sanitation improvement project (not a programme). This will enable the learner to develop an implementation plan for a sanitation improvement project including a reporting framework in accordance with current best practice, taking into account policy and legislation. This will contribute towards effective sanitation project planning. Achieving this unit standard will enhance the employability of the learner in both the water sector and other industry related jobs. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Mathematics and communication skills at NQF level 4 or equivalent.
  • Knowledge of sanitation and the sanitation environment. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Learners who meet the requirements of this unit standard should be able to develop a comprehensive and systematic sanitation improvement plan at project level according to current best practice. This plan should, inter alia, reflect integrated- and development-oriented principles and should incorporate a health and hygiene promotion and education component, which addresses locally identified needs. The range of technology options should include all the major ones encountered in South Africa as well as less common types including proprietary systems and ecological systems. They should be aware of the strengths and weaknesses of such systems and be able to assess where and under what conditions each would be most appropriate. However, knowledge of more detailed engineering principles is not required.

    Role players in the sanitation project environment could include municipal representatives and officials, government department representatives, funders, project manager, project team members, community members, householders, project steering committee, ward committee, municipal officials and representatives, project employees, sub-contractors and other providers of goods and services. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Identify the types of sanitation improvement interventions needed in a given settlement. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Local representatives are assisted in identifying local sanitation related problems. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Geo-technical and social data (including health indicators) are gathered. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Broad infrastructural intervention options are identified based on local conditions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Local, specific non-infrastructural interventions to improve sanitation and hygiene practices are identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Desired project outcomes are ratified with relevant people. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Identify different sanitation technical options and include most viable and sustainable ones. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Identify different sanitation technical options and include the most viable and sustainable ones for the situation in the planning process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Participatory processes are implemented as required in accordance with current best practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Different sanitation technical options including design and materials, operating requirements and ecological considerations are identified and explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Capital costs and operating cost implications are explained, compared and the most viable option is chosen based on local conditions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The household operation and maintenance responsibility for each technical option is described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The institutional operation and maintenance responsibility for each technical option is explained, where relevant. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    At least three different types or designs of toilets are provided for in the plan. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Develop a sanitation project implementation plan in accordance with current best practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The Water Services Development Plan, District Sanitation Strategy, and Area Business Plan are taken into account in the Sanitation Project Plan. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Requirements for intersectoral co-ordination are incorporated into the plan. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Key information requirements for a project-based sanitation improvement plan are incorporated into the plan. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    A health and hygiene promotion and user education programme is incorporated into the sanitation improvement plan. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Key outputs of the project are identified and incorporated into the plan and the monitoring system. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The integration and sequencing of all processes are incorporated into the plan. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    All relevant costings and schedules are identified and incorporated into the plan. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    Consultation and decision-making procedures are followed and identified decision-making role-players are included in the planning process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    Project plan appraisal and approval procedures are described and followed. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Develop a reporting framework for the sanitation project in accordance with current best practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Outputs, performance benchmarks and performance indicators are identified for each project activity. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The information requirements of each role player are identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Reporting procedures are documented in agreed format. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Accountability and project co-ordination and reporting mechanisms relevant to all role-players are identified. 


    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 
  • The roles of players such as municipalities, community based organisations (CBOs), committees, programme managers in sanitation improvement projects and programmes.
  • Health and hygiene components of a sanitation project.
  • Particular local health challenges (e.g. cholera, worms etc.) that indicate the need for specific sanitation-related interventions.
  • Roles, responsibilities, costs and toilet design requirements in relation to pit desludging, where relevant.
  • Design and construction of top-structures that are movable when toilet pits are full, where relevant.
  • The need for coordinated and systematic planning of a sanitation project.
  • The links between sanitation projects and other integrated development and community development initiatives.
  • The requirements of municipal, provincial and national planning and funding frameworks, and the links between these and sanitation project planning.
  • Key role-players at settlement, ward, municipal, provincial and national level and their roles.
  • The importance of a coordinated approach at all levels of planning and project implementation.
  • Tools and systems representing current best practice for planning and reporting.
  • Authority and accountability structures within the project and between the project and the programme.
  • Participatory methods, for example, Participatory Hygiene and Sanitation Transformation (PHAST), and appropriate contexts to use them. 

  • 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.

    Assessment criteria:
  • Local representatives are assisted in identifying local sanitation related problems. 

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

    Assessment criteria:
  • All 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Plan, organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively.

    Specific outcome
  • Identify the types of sanitation improvement interventions needed in a given settlement.
  • Identify different sanitation technical options and include the most viable and sustainable ones for the situation in the planning process. 

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

    Specific outcome
  • Identify the types of sanitation improvement interventions needed in a given settlement.
  • Identify different sanitation technical options and include the most viable and sustainable ones for the situation in the planning process. 

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

    Assessment criteria:
  • All 

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

    Assessment criteria:
  • All 

  • 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.

    Assessment criteria:
  • All 

  • 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 
    Integrated Assessment

    When conducting assessments, assessors must ensure that they are familiar with the full text of the unit standards being assessed. Assessors must ensure that the assessment covers the specific outcomes, critical cross-field outcomes and essential embedded knowledge by developing assessment activities and tools, which are appropriate to the contexts in which the learners are working. These activities and tools may include self-assessment, peer assessment, formative and summative assessment. It may be more effective and efficient to assess a number of unit standards together in an integrated way, thus reducing the overall number of assessments and ensuring that commonalities that exist between a number of unit standards are captured in a way that makes sense for assessment. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  48908   National Certificate: Sanitation Project Co-ordination  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  EWSETA 


    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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