Language Teacher, English

United Nations - New York, NY4.5

30+ days ago
This position is located in the United Nations Language and Communications Programme (LCP), Learning, Leadership and Organizational Section (LLODS) of the Learning Development and HR Services Division (LDSD) in the Office of Human Resources Management (OHRM), Department of Management. The English teacher reports to the English Language Coordinator.

The duties of an English Teacher are to promote multilingualism and to help staff develop more effective work-related communication skills in English. These duties include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Teaching of ESL (English as a second Language) courses (all levels, all skills) and specialized high-level communication skills courses to both native and non-native speakers of English. Course participants include staff in the United Nations Secretariat and related agencies; and diplomats and staff from the country missions to the United Nations. A full-time teaching load in New York includes 15 classroom hours per week (or the equivalent).
  • Developing and updating course curricula, materials and assessments (exams, continuous assessment tasks, etc.), and correcting student homework.
  • Developing and/or teaching blended, distance and online English and communications skills courses.
  • Designing and delivering specialized language and communication skills courses. Current courses include Pronunciation, Advanced Listening, Report Writing, Correspondence Writing, Advanced Grammar, Writing for the Web, Social Media and the UN, and Presentation Skills.
  • Designing and delivering communication skills courses tailored to the specific needs of United Nations offices, departments and agencies, which sometimes involves short-term travel to field duty stations.
  • Meeting with students to advise and provide individualized feedback on written or oral work.
  • Attending meetings and participating in projects to meet the training and communication skills needs of United Nations staff, not only in New York but also in other duty stations.
  • Administering and/or evaluating parts of the English Language Proficiency Exam (oral interviews and written compositions).
  • Responding to specific needs linked to the general objectives of the United Nations Language and Communications Programme.
  • Performing other duties as required, including corresponding with students, maintaining attendance and grading records and other administrative tasks.
  • 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 result; 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.
  • Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goal; 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.
  • Planning & Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; Uses time efficiently.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in language area studies, language teaching, applied linguistics, communication or education/pedagogy or related area. Degrees should come from a university or equivalent institution at which English is the language of instruction. Degrees with special emphasis on the theory and practice of teaching English as a second or foreign language to adult learners are desirable.

Post-degree training in on-line language area studies, language teaching, applied linguistics, communication or education/pedagogy is desirable.

Work Experience
A minimum of five years of experience, either full-time or part-time, teaching English as a foreign or second language to adults in a multi-cultural setting (corporate, academic or other professional setting) is required. Of these, at least three years of experience in curriculum development, language examination design, and/or teacher training for adults learning English is required.

Experience living or working abroad is desirable. Experience using a variety of online tools for teaching or assessing English as a Second language is desirable. These tools may include learning management systems (e.g., Moodle, Canvas…), online communication and collaboration tools (e.g., Google Drive, WebEx, Skype…), etc.

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable. Experience studying a second language is desirable.

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise and a competency-based interview.

Special Notice
Appointment to this position is limited to a finite period of one (1) year, effective 17 September 2018 through 16 September 2019, due to the incumbent being on Special Leave Without Pay (SLWOP). Further extension/s of appointment will be dependent upon the return of the incumbent who maintains a lien against this post. If the selected candidate is an internal staff member of the UN Secretariat, the selection will be recorded as a temporary assignment.

Applying to this job opening carries an expectation to accept the offer, if selected:

  • This teaching position is located in New York, NY, USA.
  • Applicants should be aware that the United Nations is not responsible for costs incurred during any stage of the interview process or appointment.
  • Language teachers fall under the General Service and related categories and shall be locally recruited, regardless of their nationality and examination location.
Entitlements and responsibilities of English language teachers:

  • Full-time English language teachers at the United Nations work 36 hours per week, which consists of an average of 15 hours of teaching and an equivalent number of work hours for course preparation and correcting students’ work. In addition, each full-time English language teacher is assigned tasks such as drafting and updating teaching materials and examinations, designing special courses, consulting with students and participating in meetings and seminars. Full-time teachers participate in activities related to the United Nations Language Proficiency Examination, such as conducting interviews and evaluations, as part of their assigned tasks. They are also expected to meet specific needs linked to the general objectives of the United Nations Language and Communications Programme.
  • 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: three weeks in December and two weeks in April.
  • The salary scale for language teachers can be found at the following website:
Staff Members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

United Nations Considerations
According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

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