One of the learning activities of Inter-American Development bank (IDB) is to offer a Language and Culture Program (LCP) to Bank staff that needs to develop their linguistic and communications skills to perform their duties in the four official languages of the Bank. The LCP has established different profiles and functions among the members of its team to support the needs analysis, the design, and the evaluation of the different solutions to the training needs of Bank staff regarding language and communication skills training.
One of these profiles is the teacher of each one of the four official languages of the Bank whose job is to contribute to the development, delivery and evaluation of the products and services that HRD/LDV offers to meet the objectives of the LCSP.
The main objective of this consultancy opportunity is to assess students to place them in the adequate proficiency level, teach the courses in the target language (French), evaluate students at the end of the courses, comply with administrative matters in relation with each student and, contribute to maintaining and improving the quality of the course methodologies and materials.
According to current professional practice, the Contractual will carry out the following tasks for the LCP:
Conduct placement tests to determine the proficiency level of new students
Prepare class and material (could be for Levels 100, 200, 300 and/or 400)
Deliver courses (could be for Levels 100, 200, 300 and/or 400)
Deliver private or semi-private instruction
Evaluate learning progress for group classes students and complete Individual Progress Report forms
Evaluate private/semi-private students learning and complete Individual Progress Report forms
Carry out other academic and administrative tasks required for LCP reporting and academic purposes, as indicated by the Program Team Leader
Participate actively in teachers’ meetings
Abide by program and administrative guidelines and processes
(Lessons must be prepared and delivered incorporating IDB-related material in order to match students' work experience in the different sectors of the Bank and in their overall work with Latin America and the Caribbean.)
Reports / Deliverables
Courses taught (group, private and semi-private) with corresponding reports
Placement tests and their reports
Curriculum development and standardization
Program improvement products
Scope of Work/Availability:
Three sessions per year (Session 1: Mid-January – Mid-April / Session II: Mid-May – Beginning-August / Session III: Beginning-September – Beginning December)
Since the courses open based on demand, the consultancy can vary in the amounts of hours per session. An approximately could be from 10 – 20 hours per week.
Courses are taught twice per week (2 academic hours / 1 hour and 40 minutes each). Each course has a duration of 11 weeks / 22 classes / 44 hours.
Teachers may be assigned to work with private students. These hours are in addition to the above mentioned.
Availability during regular business hours at the IDB (8:30am – 6:40pm)
Group classes are taught between 8:30am and 6:40pm Monday thru Thursday (either Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays)
Classes are formed based on demand (min 4 students/max. 10 students).
Private and semi-private classes are taught between 7am to 7pm Mondays thru Fridays, upon availability of both, the teacher and the student.
Distribution of hours
The hours will be distributed in the following products:
Private and semi-private Classes, if applicable
Assessments / Placement Tests
Program Improvement Products
Curriculum update, development and standardization
Academic Degree/ Level and Years of Professional Work Experience: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in the field (language teaching, education ---adult learning or instructional design---or linguistics) and 5 years of experience in teaching professional adults in international settings, or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Master’s degree, preferable.
Languages: Native fluency in the target language--French (required) other official language of the IDB desirable.
Familiarity with CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) or similar proficiency standards.
Availability during regular business hours at the IDBG
Good oral and written communication and presentation skills in the target language
Ability to work with clients who are results-oriented
Demonstrated ability to give clients feedback, and provide support for professional client development with a clear focus on results
Strong interpersonal skills. Experience working with a variety of different cultures is preferred
Ability to work in a multicultural environment and function effectively in diverse teams. Curiosity and willingness to learn new ways of working in a complex, multicultural and global organization
Experience in designing and delivering new course materials
Experience with e-learning and performance tools that depend on use of the newest technologies
Willingness to learn and incorporate IDBG products and services in the lessons of the courses
Strong skills in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Power Point)
Additional Salary Information: Payment and Conditions: Compensation will be determined in accordance with Bank’s policies and procedures. In addition, candidates must be citizens of an IDB member country.
Consanguinity: Pursuant to applicable Bank policy, candidates with relatives (including the fourth degree of consanguinity and the second degree of affinity, including spouse) working for the Bank as staff members or Complementary Workforce Contractuals, will not be eligible to provide services for the Bank.
Diversity: The Bank is committed to diversity and inclusion and to providing equal opportunities to all candidates. We embrace diversity on the basis of gender, age, education, national origin, ethnic origin, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion, and HIV/AIDs status. We encourage women, Afro-descendants and persons of indigenous origins to apply.
About Inter-American Development Bank
Established in 1959, the Inter-American Development Bank (“IDB” or “Bank”) is the main source of financing for economic, social and institutional development in Latin America and the Caribbean. It provides loans, grants, guarantees, policy advice and technical assistance to the public and private sectors of its borrowing countries.
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