Serbian Language Teacher (local consultancy), Belgrade, Serbia

Organization: Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)

Country: Serbia

City: Belgrade, Serbia

Office: OSCE Mission to Serbia, Belgrade

Closing date: Thursday, 10 September 2020

Issued by: OSCE Mission to Serbia

Vacancy number: VNSRMC00646

Vacancy type: Experts/Consultants

Number of posts: 1

Duty station: Belgrade

Date of issue: 27 August 2020

Deadline for application: 10 September 2020 - 23: 59 Central European Time (CET/CEST)

Date of entry on duty: 12 October 2020


This vacancy is open only for the applicants with the citizenship of or permanent residence in the Republic of Serbia.

The OSCE Mission to Serbia is an international organization which employs more than twenty international mission members, in addition to hosting several international interns and junior professional officers. They live and work in Serbia for a certain period, and would thus like to develop at least a basic understanding of the Serbian language, so as to be able to use it in their day-to-day communication. In addition, mentoring language lessons may be required for senior management staff to practise their ability to deliver opening remarks and speeches in Serbian, as well as to work with official documents in Serbian.

Therefore, the Mission requires a Serbian language teacher to be employed on a Special Services Agreement (SSA) who would deliver Serbian language classes to international personnel during their working hours, either online from home or in-person at the Mission’s premises, depending on the epidemiological situation.

Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of Senior Human Resources Assistant, the consultants will perform the following tasks:

Developing curricula, learning plans and materials for Serbian language lessons; Preparing, organizing and delivering in-person and/or online Serbian Language Course to up to four groups of international mission members (elementary, pre-intermediate, intermediate and upper-intermediate); Conducting both group and mentoring lessons in duration of one hour; Organizing the lessons on an average of 12 days a month, totaling up to 144 working days within one calendar year.

The consultant may work from home or in the Mission, depending on whether lessons will be delivered online or in-person, which will in turn depend on the epidemiological situation. In 2020, it is expected that all lessons will be delivered online, such as via Zoom.

Necessary Qualifications

Citizenship of or permanent residence in the Republic of Serbia;
University degree in Serbian language or in another closely related subject combined with demonstrated experience of teaching Serbian to adult foreigner learners;
Minimum 5 years of professional experience in teaching Serbian to adult learners;
At least 2 years of experience in teaching Serbian to adult foreign learners;
Experience in conducting virtual lessons via online platforms;
Experience in conducting learning needs assessment, evaluation and developing curricula and lesson plans;
Professional fluency in English, both oral and written;
Computer literate with practical experience in Microsoft packages;
Ability and willingness to work with people of different cultural, national and religious backgrounds;
Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, as well as the ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities.

Candidates are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the OSCE Competency Model available at: //‘>https: //

Required competencies

Core values

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Commitment: Actively contributes to achieving organizational goals

Diversity: Respects others and values their diverse perspectives and contributions

Integrity: Acts in a manner consistent with the Organization’s core values and organizational principles

Accountability: Takes responsibility for own action and delegated work

Core competencies

Communication: Actively works to achieve clear and transparent communication with colleagues and with stakeholders of the Organization

Collaboration: Works effectively with others on common goals and fosters a positive, trust-based working environment

Planning: Works towards the achievement of goals in a structured and measured manner

Analysis and decision-making: Analyses available information, draws well-founded conclusions and takes appropriate decisions

Initiative-taking: Proposes and initiates new ideas, activities and projects

Managerial competencies (for positions with managerial responsibilities)

Flexibility: Responds positively and effectively to changing circumstances

Leadership: Provides a clear sense of direction, builds trust and creates an enabling environment

Strategic thinking: Identifies goals that advance the organizational agenda and develops plans for achieving them

Managing performance: Helps to maximize team performance by providing active feedback and skill development opportunities

Remuneration Package

The consultant will be employed on a Special Service Agreement covering the remaining months of 2020 calendar year and will be paid a total of RSD 3,600 per group lesson and RSD 2,400 per individual mentoring lesson. The fee shall be paid on a monthly basis, depending on the actual number of lessons delivered in the given month. Another Special Service Agreement will be issued to cover 2021 calendar year, subject to satisfactory performance.

How To Apply

Please apply online through this website ( //‘>https: // no later than 10 September 2020. Only applications received through this website will be considered; applications received by email, post etc. will not be accepted.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Candidates who have not been contacted by 25 September 2020 should consider there will be no follow up to their application.

The OSCE retains the discretion to re-advertise the vacancy, cancel the recruitment, or offer a consultancy at a different level or with modified terms of reference or for a different duration.