Academic Job: Russian Language Teacher (Geneva, Switzerland)

Deadline: March 14, 2016

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This temporary job opening is available through 31 July 2016 with possibility of extension. Language teachers fall under the General Service and related categories and are locally recruited, regardless of their nationality and place of residence. This 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).

  • Teaching regular and specialized language courses (all levels, all skills) to United Nations staff, as well as staff from other United Nations organizations, permanent missions to the United Nations, non-profit organizations and other eligible individuals
  • Teaching an average of 16 hours per week and devote an equivalent number of work hours to course preparation and correcting students’ work
  • Designing and delivering specialized language courses according to clients’ needs in the context of the United Nations
  • Developing and updating course curricula, training materials and assessments (exams, continuous assessment tasks, etc.)
  • Developing and/or teaching blended, distance and online Russian language courses
  • Supporting students with individual consultations and online communication
  • Supervising and coordinating the work of part-time Russian language teachers
  • Engaging in administrative activities such as maintenance of websites and/or learning platforms, organization of placement tests, planning exams sessions, preparing course offering and course schedule, corresponding with students, maintaining attendance, working in collaboration with the administrative staff of the Language Training secretariat and other relevant administrative tasks related to the Language Training Programme in addition to the teaching hours
  • Participating in meetings/seminars of his/her individual language programmes as well as of the Language Training Programme
  • Collaborating with other language programmes in the development and implementation of
    common projects
  • Participating in activities related to the United Nations Language Proficiency Examination (LPE) such as collaborating in the administration of the LPE and also conducting oral interviews
  • Meeting specific needs linked to the general objectives of the Staff Development and Learning Section
  • Performing other duties as required

  • 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 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
  • 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 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 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
  1. Required:
    • An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in language area
      studies, language teaching, applied linguistics, communication or education/pedagogy
    • Degrees should come from a university or equivalent institution at which Russian is the
      language of instruction
    • A first level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree
  2. Desirable:
    • Degree(s) with special emphasis on the theory and practice of teaching Russian as a second or foreign language to adult learners
    • A minimum of 300 training hours (specific training courses, postgraduate courses, online training, etc), in addition to the hours accumulated to obtain the university degree, in the areas of teaching Russian as a second or foreign language, curriculum development for adults, language examination design, course management and teachers’ support and training
    • A good knowledge of current word-processing programmes and experience with a variety of web 2.0 tools, applications, learning platforms, MOOCs and social media platforms. Originals of all certificates and diplomas relevant for this position might be requested during the selection process.
Work Experience:
  1. Required:
    • At least five years of recent experience teaching Russian as a foreign language to adults in a professional setting
    • At least a total of 3000 documented teaching hours
    • At least three years of recent experience in curriculum development for adults, language examination design, and/or teacher training
  2. Desirable:
    • Working experience at an international level in a multicultural environment
    • Experience in using multimedia, webbased applications and learning platforms to teach Russian
    • Experience in developing and/or teaching blended, distance or online Russian courses
    • Experience in developing and/or teaching specialized courses with specific objectives
    • Experience in creating evaluation systems (both continuous and final) and corresponding assessment materials (tests,
      exams, etc.)

A perfect command of Russian, which must be the candidate’s main language. Main language
is to be understood as the language in which the candidate is best able to work with. Working
knowledge of English or French is required. Knowledge of other official languages of the
United Nations (Arabic, Chinese or Spanish) is an asset.

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include assessment exercises which may be followed
by a competency-based interview.