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Responsibilities and skills

The seven levels in SFIA are used in two key ways.

1 Follow 2 Assist 3 Apply 4 Enable 5 Ensure, advise 6 Initiate, influence 7 Set strategy, inspire, mobilise

  1. To provide generic levels of responsibility, with descriptions at each of the seven levels for the following attributes: AUTONOMY · INFLUENCE · COMPLEXITY · BUSINESS SKILLS
  2. To reflect experience and competency levels within SFIA. The definitions describe the behaviours, values, knowledge and characteristics that an individual should have in order to be identified as competent at that level. Each level has a guiding word or phrase that acts as a brief indicator: FOLLOW · ASSIST · APPLY · ENABLE · ENSURE, ADVISE · INITIATE, INFLUENCE · SET STRATEGY, INSPIRE, MOBILISE

How the levels of responsibility are defined by the attributes

Level 1 – Follow Autonomy Works under supervision. Uses little discretion. Is expected to seek guidance in unexpected situations Influence Minimal influence. May work alone or interact with immediate colleagues. Complexity Performs routine acivities in a structured environment. Requires assistance in resolving unexpected problems Business skills Uses basic information systems and technology functions, approaches, and process. Demonstrates a organised approach to work. Learns new skills and applies newly acquired knowledge. Follows code of conduct, ethics and organisational standards. Is aware of health and safety issues. Has sufficient communications skills for effective dialogue with others. Contributes to identifying own development opportunities

The breakdown of each level can be found in the generic levels of responsibility section of this guide.

The directory of skills in the SFIA 6 reference guide is probably the most essential compilation of information a member of the SFIA community will use as a reference and resource.