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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Design and develop policy in respect of gender equality and women's empowerment 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
254418  Design and develop policy in respect of gender equality and women's empowerment 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Gender Equality and Women`s Empowerment 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 07 - Human and Social Studies General Social Science 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  10 
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 has been designed for people who are involved in policy development and implementation in order to equip them the necessary competencies to formulate organisational policies regarding gender equality and women's empowerment. Learners accessing this Unit Standard will acquire knowledge and skills relating to the processes and development of policy design that will promote gender transformation at national, provincial and local levels.

The qualifying learner will be capable of:
  • Applying knowledge and understanding of the theories, principles and stages of policy formulation for gender equality and women's empowerment.
  • Analysing the current legislation that impact on gender equality and women's empowerment for the purpose of designing policy.
  • Designing an instrument to guide policy development on gender equality and women's empowerment.
  • Developing an organisational policy on gender equality and women's empowerment. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that a learner will be competent in:
  • Communication skills at NQF Level 5.

    It is also recommended that learners have a foundational knowledge of gender equality and women's empowerment. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Apply knowledge and understanding of the theories, principles and stages of policy formulation for gender equality and women's empowerment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The theories underpinning policy development are explored in terms of applicability for gender equality and women's empowerment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The stages of policy development are analysed for a specific context. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The principles of policy development are investigated to ensure successful implementation is achieved and in line with best practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Consultation with gender equality and women's empowerment stakeholders is conducted as part of the policy development process. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Stakeholders include government departments, community based organisations, non-government organisations, faith-based organisations, providers, etc.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The importance of maintaining professional and ethical working relationships with stakeholders is adhered to during the policy development process. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Analyse the current legislation that impacts on gender equality and women's empowerment for the purpose of designing policy. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The current gender policy framework, legislation and international conventions are analysed with reference to the historical context and identifying shortcomings. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    An analysis is conducted to determine gaps in an organisational policy relating to gender equality and women's empowerment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Information gathered from the analysis is interpreted to determine how the gaps can be addressed and identify possible policy solutions and parameters. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Recommendations are developed to address shortcomings and current needs of the organisation in line with current legislation. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Design an instrument to guide organisational policy development on gender equality and women's empowerment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The national gender policy framework is used as a basis to develop guidelines on policy development and implementation for an organisation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    An instrument is designed to ensure the validilty and realiability of the designed policy. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Develop an organisational policy on gender equality and women's empowerment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An organisational policy relating to gender equality and women's empowerment is drafted in line with legislation and principles of policy design. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Factors that may impact on the development of the policy are assessed to ensure successful implementation within an organisation. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Factors include but are not limited to diversity, timeframes, consultation, etc.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Feedback from stakeholders is managed and analysed for the purpose of ensuring buy-in and improving the policy. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The process of developing the policy is evaluated and recommendations are made for future planning. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this Unit Standard and the related Exit Level Outcomes of the Qualification must be accredited by the relevant ETQA.
  • External Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA at its discretion.
  • The accredited Training Provider will oversee internal moderation of assessment.
  • Internal and external moderation should encompass achievement of competence described in this Unit Standard as well as the integrated competence described in ANY related Qualification in this field. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • The South African Constitution,1996.
  • Human Rights policy and legislation.
  • National and international policy frameworks, legislation and conventions.
  • Policy development process.
  • Research methodologies.
  • Gender policy and legislation.
  • Participatory processes.
  • Problem-solving skills. 

  • 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 show that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made when identifying gaps in policy relating to gender inequality. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Use interpersonal skills to interact effectively with colleagues and teams at work or any environment to ensure effective teamwork during the policy development process. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, organise and critically evaluate information in relation to policy development and policy implementation.

    Collect, organise and critically evaluate information relating to the policy development process. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Use visuals, mathematic and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written to communicate with stakeholders on gender as part of the policy development process in order to ensure buy-in and successful implementation. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically by using information technology to communicate about gender policy developments. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems in understanding the relationship between policy development and policy implementation. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
  • Assessors must be registered as assessors with a relevant ETQA or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessors must be in possession of a Qualification in gender equality and women's empowerment or a related sub-field of Human and Social Studies at a minimum of NQF Level 7. 

  • 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  63369   National Diploma: Trade Union Practice  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2020-07-30  ETDP SETA 


    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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