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Frequently Asked Questions
PESA-P is only open to SAIs that are members of INTOSAI and/or any INTOSAI Region.
The deadline for completing the SAI Nomination and the SAI Auditors and Coaches was 15th June 2021. Registration is now closed.
The Initial Professional Development Portfolio is a key part of PESA-P. It will be a tool for the SAI Auditor to reflect on how the ISSAIs are applied in the local context. The SAI Auditor will develop professional audit skills in their own SAI.
The SAI Auditor will begin the process of planning for and managing their own professional development
The coaches role is to:
- Coach the SAI Auditor in applying PESA-P Education to SAI context
- Discuss the Auditors IPDP on a regular basis
- Sign off on the completion and quality of the IPDP
The nominated SAI Coaches will look after their peer colleagues only since they are familiar with the SAI and country context. We recommend SAIs nominating 1 Coach for up to 3 SAI Auditors.
The key role of the coach is to support the SAI Auditor. The coach will be invited to a few webinars aimed at coaches only. These will be made available as recordings for coaches who are unable to attend. The first of these will be delivered prior to the commencement of the education.
The coach should sign off the SAI Auditors Initial Professional Development Portfolio as complete and of quality. We will not request a report or any other output. We would suggest that the coach have regular discussions with the SAI Auditor.
IDI is currently exploring options for assessment hosting. There are two options available to us. The first would involve the use of an assessment centre whilst the second would involve online proctoring/invigilation. In either case there would be a one-off fee that would be paid by IDI and a per assessment fee to be paid by the SAI. The assessment fees are estimated to be between 100 and 200 USD per assessment. PESA-P would involve a total of 2 assessments and therefore a total cost of 200-400 USD per candidate. This payment would be due in 2022 when the assessments will take place.
In the case of assessment centres the SAI would be responsible for travel to the assessment centre whilst in the case of online proctoring/invigilation the SAI should be able to ensure that the candidate has access to a computer, web-cam and the internet.
Payment will happen only in 2022.
Many SAIs do not have a separate bank account since they are a part of wider governmental organisation, and so we will try to find a solution where a company can issue an invoice and it can be paid like any other procurement. We will not look for a solution where people make individual payments, because this would be a problem for many SAIs.
Three Open House event took place on 21, 22 and 27 April 2021 to answer questions about PESA-P. The events were open to SAI leaders as well as potential participating SAI Auditors and Coaches.
Please see below the links for the recordings of the Open Houses below:
The expectation of SAI leadership to have access to competent resources to give effect to the mandate of the SAI also implies an investment in individual capacity development and creating a culture of life-long learning in the organisation.
Through PESA-P IDI partners with SAIs in Initial Professional Development throughout the initiative. SAIs are encouraged to provide for CPD after PESA-P. IDI will give SAI auditors skills to plan and manage their ongoing development, and will monitor the progress of SAI Auditors graduating from PESA-P.
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The first paper focuses on understanding the SAI and its environment. SAI Auditors taking this paper will answer questions such as how SAI adds value, what are the requirements for a high-quality audit, what does it mean to audit in the public interest and what is the role of professional standards. The paper will consider the use of ISSAIs in securing high -quality audit to deliver value and benefit to citizens. The paper will key into the fundamental principles of public sector auditing and how these relate to the personal competencies required by SAI Auditors. SAI Auditors will reflect on individual actions that they can take to ensure the delivery of high-quality audits.
The second paper will focus on developing ethical values and professional skills in the promotion of the public interest. Participants will reflect on the values and professional skills required to deliver effective SAI audits. SAI Auditors will identify ways to enhance skills in communication, stakeholder management, emotional intelligence, professional judgement and other areas to deliver on the mandate established in Paper 1.
SAI Auditors who complete the compulsory educations and the IPDP will be eligible for the assessment.
We will be having computer marked assessment, with application questions that will use caselets and multiple-choice questions so that the learner selects an answer than having to write. This is for two reasons; one is for inclusivity because it's been showing that when people are working in a second language then it can be very difficult for them to know what an assessor wants from them. This will also allow us to keep PESA-P scalable so that we can roll this out through the community on a regular basis.
The idea of the portfolio is to help the learner to apply the ISSAIs to their own context and therefore, the portfolio would be developed alongside for self-paced learning, we will give some extra time at the end to finish off any pieces that haven't been done as the learner goes along. The IPDP must be completed for the SAI Auditor to be eligible for the assessment.
PESA-P is a very flexible, so the mandatory 100 hours of education (20 hours of cross-cutting, 50 hours of audit stream papers and 30 hours of social learning and IPDP) will be split over 10 months. SAI Auditors will decide when to complete their hours of education based on their own schedule.