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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Apply a strategic direction process for a department, authority or division 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
377240  Apply a strategic direction process for a department, authority or division 
ORIGINATOR
Task Team - Traffic 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 08 - Law, Military Science and Security Safety in Society 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 6  NQF Level 06 
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 for officials to function at the strategic operational level by developing their skills to implement a strategic business plan for a department, authority or division by applying a strategic direction (SD) process. SD processes are often formulated by governing bodies as a planning template to ensure that related departments, authorities or divisions are able to integrate their respective strategic plans.

A person credited with this unit standard is able to:
  • Incorporate an analysis and interpretation of the strategic guidance in a business plan.
  • Draft a business plan by making use of a SD process.
  • Apply a SD process for implementation of a business plan.
  • Draft a control process for a business plan.

    The achievement of this unit standard contributes to the professional development of learners within a department, authority or division and provides further mobility and transportability within the public sector. The skills, knowledge and understanding demonstrated within this unit standard are essential for a beneficial impact on administration within the social and economic transformation and upliftment of the South African society. 

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

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The range covers the role and purpose of the organisation's operations at the operational level. The range includes practice and culture of the organisation, the regulatory framework of operations, the main activities of operations and stakeholders in South Africa. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Incorporate an analysis and interpretation of the strategic guidance in a business plan. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The business plan demonstrates a clear utilisation of the organisational structure, tiers, levels and relationships. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The business plan reflects the SD process in terms of its components, their inter-relationships with other stakeholders and the role of top management. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The business plan demonstrates the linkages between the Medium Term Strategic Framework and Medium Term Expenditure Framework within the Departmental Planning Cycle as directed by the Government Planning Cycle. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The business plan ensures linkages between the plans of regional offices and higher head office in support of the SD process. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Draft a business plan by making use of a SD process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The SD process and its purpose are articulated in the business plan. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The business plan supports the organisation's strategy by directly linking its objectives with the organisation`s strategy. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The vision, mission and purpose of the business plan is formulated in accordance with the characteristics for effectiveness. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Effectiveness includes but not limited to concise, simple and unambiguous.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    A broad strategy at the business unit level is developed indicating the rollout of the strategy over the prescribed planning cycle. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Unit-level planning activities are related to the vision, mission and purpose of the business plan. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Strengths and weaknesses of the draft business plan are identified in preparation for the approval process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The key elements of the business plan are presented for approval to decision-makers, reflecting planned outputs, targets and risks to output. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Apply the SD process for implementation as part of a business plan. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A communication strategy is in place to inform all members of a unit about the strategy and the business plan. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The strategic objectives and outputs are implemented by determining the performance measures to be used. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Performance tables are compiled in accordance with organisational policies and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Planning guidelines are used to prepare the plan in accordance with prescripts. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Measures to mitigate risks to planned outputs and targets are compiled in preparation for implementing the business plan. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Outputs to be reduced and activities to be scaled down or discontinued are formulated to ensure successful implementation of the plan. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Continuous monitoring processes are formulated to monitor achievement of objectives against the plan. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Draft a control process for a business plan. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The application of command and control through organisational structures during the implementation of the business plan is formulated in the control process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The roles and functions of sub-ordinates are formulated in the control process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The mandated organisational control measures are conceptualised during the drafting of the control process. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An individual wishing to be assessed against the unit standard (including through RPL) may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution accredited by the relevant Education and Training Quality Assurance body (ETQA), or one with an appropriate memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA, or one with an appropriate MOU 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 one with an appropriate MOU with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA, or one with an appropriate MOU with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation should include both internal and external moderation where applicable. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Names, functions and locations of:
    > Functional structures within relevant organisations.
    > Government structures (national, provincial and local).
    > Organisational structures and constituencies.
    > Stakeholders and their relation to a community.
  • Purpose of processes and procedures of:
    > The legislation.
    > The purpose of the organisation's operations.
    > The activities in the planning cycles.
    > Control process.
  • Attributes, properties and characteristics related to:
    > National concepts.
    > Organisational culture.
    > Stakeholders and their rights.
    > Senior leadership and the art of command.
    > Scope of command.
  • Cause and effect, implications of:
    > The planning cycles.
    > Restrictions and limitations.
    > Financial risk.
  • Categories of things, processes and concepts:
    > Levels of management.
    > The need for a regulatory framework.

    > Procedures and techniques:
    > Organisational procedures, methods and techniques.
    > Liaison protocol.
    > The organisation's strategic direction process.
  • Regulations, legislation, agreements and policies:
    > Constitution of South Africa (Bill of rights, sections relevant to the operations of the organisation).
    > Other relevant legislation.
    > Departmental policies, directives and doctrine.
    > Public Finance Management Act. 

  • 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:
  • Complying with regulatory framework.
  • Understanding and applying departmental policies and procedures.
  • Understanding the relationships.
  • Understanding the cycle. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Working effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation, and community during:
  • Support and assistance processes.
  • Liaison with stakeholders.
  • The establishment of internal relationships. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organising and managing oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively when:
  • Following processes, procedures and protocols. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collecting, analysing, organising and critically evaluating information to better understand and explain:
  • Develop the operational plan. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicating effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written persuasion when:
  • Complying with the regulatory framework.
  • Applying the policies and procedures.
  • Providing descriptions, explaining, defining, reporting and presentation of operational and strategic plans and monitoring. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Using science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others when:
  • Sourcing information on the legislation and policies and procedures. 

  • 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:
  • Between political aspects/influences impacting on relationships with stakeholders. 

  • 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  80066   National Certificate: Strategic Road Traffic Operations  Level 6  NQF Level 06  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SAS SETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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