Job Opening

Posting Title: Language Teacher, French, LT
Department/Office: Office of Human Resources Management
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 03 May 2017 - 01 June 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Human Resources-DM OHRM-78562-R-New York (O)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Special Notice

This position is funded under General Temporary Assistance.

Appointment to this position is limited to a finite period of one (1) year, effective 11 September 2017 through 10 September 2018, 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.

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.

Travel Expenses: Applicants should be aware that the United Nations is not responsible for costs incurred during any stage of the assessment or appointment.

Recruitment for the position of Language Teacher includes a specialized assessment in three parts: a written test, a teaching assessment, and an interview. Please find specifications for the three parts of this specialized assessment under the “Assessment” section.

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.

Org. Setting and Reporting

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). The French Teacher reports to the French Language Coordinator.


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

•Teaching French as a foreign language course (all levels, all skills) and specialized high-level communication skills courses to both native and non-native speakers. 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 fulltime teaching load in New York includes 15 classroom hours per week (or the equivalent).
•Developing and/or teaching face-to-face, blended, online French regular and communications skills courses.
•Developing and updating course curricula, materials and assessments (exams, continuous assessment tasks, etc.), and correcting student homework.
•Designing and delivering communication skills courses tailored to the specific needs of United Nations offices, departments and agencies.
•Meeting with students to advise and provide individualized feedback.
•Attending meetings and participating in projects to meet the language and communication skills needs of United Nations staff.
•Administering and /or evaluating parts of the French 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.


-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

-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

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
-Keeps abreast of new developments in own occupation/profession
-Actively seeks to develop oneself professionally and personally
-Contributes to the learning of colleagues and subordinates
-Shows willingness to learn from others
-Seeks feedback to learn and improve


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in language area studies, language teaching, applied linguistics, communication or education/pedagogy or related area is required.

Degrees should come from a university or equivalent institution. Degrees with special emphasis on the theory and practice of teaching French as a second or foreign language to adult learners are desirable.

A minimum of 500 training contract hours (specific training courses, postgraduate courses, etc.), in addition to the hours accumulated to obtain the university degree, in the areas of teaching French as a second or foreign language, technology language area studies, curriculum development for adults, language examination design, communication or education/pedagogy is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of experience, either full-time or part-time, teaching French 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 recent experience in curriculum development, language examination design, and/or teacher training for adults learning French, is required.

Experience with word-processing programmes is required. Experience with a variety of web 2.0 tools, such as learning management systems and MOOCs (e.g., Moodle, Canvas); online collaboration tools (e.g., Google Drive and Hangouts, WebEx) and social media platforms to teach French as a foreign language is desirable.

Experience at an international level in a multicultural environment is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in French is required. Knowledge of English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.


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

Applications will be screened on the basis of the criteria set forth above with regard to education, work experience and languages. All applications will be reviewed by an Assessment Panel. If a large number of applications are received, the Panel reserves the right to admit to the written test only the most qualified applicants on the basis of a review of the qualifications that are over and above the minimum criteria set out above and an assessment of the work experience as a French language teacher.

Applicants who are invited to sit for the written test will be informed in writing. The written test may cover any area related to second language acquisition, language teaching methodology and evaluation, and course design with regard to teaching French as a second language in a professional setting.

On the basis of the results of the written test, the Assessment Panel will invite selected candidates to conduct a teaching demonstration where their ability to teach a class is evaluated.

Depending on the assessment of the teaching demonstration, the Panel will invite selected candidates to the third part of the assessment, which consists of a competency-based interview and may be conducted via online video conference.

Admission to either the second part or the third part of the assessment does not automatically give right to an appointment with the United Nations.

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, including but not limited to, respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to, whether they have committed or are alleged to have committed criminal offences or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

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 At-a-Glance on "The Application Process" and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The screening and 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, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations. Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: 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 a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

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