Academic Job: Russian Language Instructor (UN-Geneva, Switzerland)

Deadline for Applications: June 30, 2016

Special Notice

Language teachers fall under the General Service and related categories and are locally recruited, regardless of their nationality and place of residence. The United Nations is not responsible for costs incurred during any stage of the examination or appointment. The yearly schedule of work for language teachers consists of three terms of 13 weeks each. There is a summer recess of approximately eight weeks, and there are scheduled breaks between terms: approximately three weeks in December and two weeks in April. Recruitment for this position is done on a local basis. Passing the Global General Service Test (GGST) is a prerequisite for recruitment consideration in the General Service category in the United Nations Secretariat. Having passed the Administrative Assessment Support Test (ASAT) at Headquarters, ECA, ESCWA, UNOG, UNOV, ICTR, or ICTY may be recognized in place of the GGST, pending confirmation of validity. Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her.

Org. Setting and Reporting

The Russian teaching position is located in the Language Training Programme, Staff Development and Learning Section, Human Resources Management Service in United Nations Office in Geneva (UNOG).


The duties of the Russian Language Teacher are as follows: – teaches an average of 16 hours per week and devotes an equivalent number of work hours to course preparation and correcting learners’ work; – develops and/or teaches regular or specialized Russian language courses; – develops and/or teaches blended, distance and online Russian language courses; – organizes and administers the work of part-time Russian language teachers, and counsels learners; – sets programme objectives in line with the objectives of the LTP, and prepares charts, statistics and reports on the evaluation of the programmes and learners’ test results; – prepares course schedules; – prepares and supervises the construction and the marking process of language examinations and tests, including collaborating in the administration of the United Nations Russian Language Proficiency Examination; – recruits part-time language teachers as needed, and sets up teachers’ evaluation measures, processes and tools; – oversees the creation and the use of language learning material; – develops the Russian language curriculum to target the needs of UN Staff, supervises the design of courses and workshops (including tailor-made courses) and ensures that appropriate methodologies are used. – works closely with the other language programmes on joint projects for development of the LTP, – carries out other staff development activities when requested.


Professionalism: Shows pride in work and in achievements; Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; Remains calm in stressful situations; Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of work. Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients ” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client. Technological Awareness: Keeps abreast of available technology; Understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the office; Actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; Shows willingness to learn new technology. Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; Is willing to learn from others; Places team agenda before personal agenda; Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in language area studies, language teaching, applied linguistics, communication or education/pedagogy is required. Degrees should come from a university or equivalent institution at which Russian is the language of instruction. Degrees with special emphasis on the theory and practice of teaching Russian as a second or foreign language to adult learners are desirable. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience teaching Russian as a foreign or second language to adults in a professional setting is required. Out of these, at least three years of recent experience in curriculum development, language examination design, or teacher training is required. Working experience at international level in a multicultural environment is desirable. Experience with word-processing programmes and experience with a variety of online tools, such as learning management systems and Moocs (e.g. Moodle, Canvas); online collaboration tools (e.g. Google drive and Hangouts, WebEX, etc.) and social media platforms is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in Russian, which must be the candidate’s main language, is required. Knowledge of English or French is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

Please apply through (you need to create an account) – go to Job Search and enter code 61393. (Note: there is also an equivalent English instructor position, code 61401).