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The Services Sector Education and Training Authority (Services SETA) invites suitably qualified and experienced Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) to apply for Discretionary Grant funding to develop Assessment Instruments/Tools for the sector’s registered occupational qualifications.

Services SETA was established and registered in March 2000 in terms of the Skills Development Act of 1998 and designated to fund and facilitate the development of occupational qualifications.
To this end, the Services SETA wishes to appoint a panel of Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) who will develop Assessment Tools/Instruments for the sector’s registered occupational qualifications for three (3) years.

Members of the panel can be citizens of South Africa or foreign nationals within the Republic with a work permit or Permanent Resident permit. For the listed qualification level of applicants, click here.

Applications or proposals from qualifying Subject Matter Experts should, among others, provide:

  • High-level resume/s or curriculum vitae of the Expert/s relevant to the occupational qualification applied for.
  • Methodology to be followed in delivering the assignment deliverables/ project plan
  • A breakdown of costs.
  • Timelines for delivering assignment deliverables.
  • High-level motivation (not more than 5 pages)

The panel will be in charge of Assignments/Project Deliverables and Assessment. Each SMEs will specifically fulfill the following responsibilities for each of the listed Occupational Qualifications with regards to the Assessment Instruments:

  • Sign a Confidentiality/Non- Disclosure Agreement with the Services SETA as the Assessment Quality Partner
  • Develop a Bank of Assessment Instruments.
  • Develop (1) Exemplar/s published on the Services SETA website.
  • Develop and produce (a minimum of 3) EISAs (External Integrated Summative Assessments) for each Occupational Qualification and Part Qualification.
  • Develop a Marker’s Memoranda (Model Answer Memo).
  • Compile the Examiner’s Report Template.
  • Compile the Assessors Report Template.
  • Develop the Recognition of Prior Learning Assessment Toolkit/s
  • Produce a progress Report at prescribed intervals.
  • Produce a Close-out Report after the assignment.

Each SMEs will also specifically fulfill the following responsibilities for each of the listed Occupational Qualifications with regards Moderation of the Assessment Instruments:

  • Sign a Confidentiality/Non- Disclosure Agreement with the Services SETA as the Assessment Quality Partner
  • Moderate the Bank of Assessment Instruments.
  • Moderate the (1) Exemplar/s to be published on the Services SETA website.
  • Moderate the (a minimum of 3) EISAs (External Integrated Summative Assessments) for each Occupational Qualification and Part Qualification.
  • Moderate the Marker’s Memoranda (Model Answer Memo)
  • Moderate the Examiner’s Report Template.
  • Moderate the Assessors Report Template.
  • Compile the Moderation Report Template.
  • Moderate the Recognition of Prior Learning Assessment Toolkit/s
  • Produce a progress Report at prescribed intervals.
  • Produce a Close-out Report after the assignment.

With regards to the Discretionary Grants Budget, the Services SETA seeks to manage the costs of developing Assessment Tools/Instruments. This is necessitated by the varying prices that are charged across the industry for the same outputs. As such, the SETA has determined unit costs per qualification to assist applicants in the preparation of their budget plans. Allocation of Discretionary Grant funding is at the sole discretion of the Services SETA. Applications undergo evaluation according to a set of criteria including, but not limited to:

  • The capacity to deliver them against the assignment, and
  • Applicants that meet the transformational imperatives of South Africa

Despite Services SETA controlling cost, the following are not eligible for funding from Discretionary Grants:

  • Set-up costs, e.g., start-up costs.
  • Capital expenditure, e.g., building costs, equipment such as computers, etc.
  • Existing operating expenses of funded entities e.g., salaries of current employees undergoing training.
  • Organizational policy development.

Interested Applicants should follow the process listed below:

The application window will open on Monday, 23 August 2021 at 08:00 am and will close on Monday, 20 September 2021 at 04:00 pm

Please submit all applications to the following e-mail address: SMEapplications@serviceseta.org.za

  • Applications submitted, in part or via post, courier, or hand delivery will NOT be accepted.
  • Late, draft, or incomplete applications will not be considered for evaluation.
  • The deadline will not be extended.
  • Applicants are requested to read and familiarise themselves with the requirements/ specifications and collect all the relevant supporting documents before attempting the applications process.

To be considered for this Discretionary Grant, the following mandatory supporting documents need to be completed and submitted with this application. Failure to do so may lead to immediate disqualification:

  • Valid Tax Clearance or Exemption Certificate and Tax Pin
  • Company Registration Documents, if applying through an entity
  • Declaration of Interest (Form 1a)
  • Declaration of Authorised Person (Form 1b)