3 September 2020
- 23:59 Central European Time (CET/CEST)
Date of entry on duty
18 September 2020
This vacancy is open only for the applicants with the citizenship of or permanent residence in the Republic of Serbia.
The process of distance learning in languages of national minorities in the course of COVID-19 pandemic during March – May 2020 showed the limited availability of online classes for mandatory school subject ‘Serbian as Non-mother Tongue’ (SaNMT). Fluency in Serbian is essential for integration of Serbia’s diverse societies. Considering that the distant learning will most likely be, to a certain extent, a mode of work for schools as of September 2020, in partnership with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development (MoE) the OSCE Mission to Serbia will support the recording and production of classes for SaNMT so that this subject is not neglected in the challenging circumstances brought about by the COVID-19 crisis.
In partnership with the MoE, in co-operation with schools and in close consultations with relevant National Councils of National Minorities (NMCs) and the Institute for the Improvement of Education (IIE), the Mission will support the development of operational plans for online classes of SaNMT, as well as the recording and production of classes for both levels (A – basic and B – advanced) of the recent curriculum, for three educational cycles (covering primary and secondary education). The produced material will be used in teaching of the school subject starting from September, for the entire school semester.
The recorded classes for each grade and for both A and B levels will be available online (on the web sites of eight NMCs, IIE, schools and on social networks of the eight NMCs) and will represent a tool that could be re-used in teaching the subject also in following school years, in case of prolonged distance learning, depending on pandemic related situation.
To this end, the Mission requires the services of seven experienced teachers of Serbian as Non-mother Tongue, who would be engaged to prepare and deliver up to 48 20-minutes long classes of SaNMT that are to be recorded. The recordings will take place in a room with only a cameraperson and a local OSCE appointed co-ordinator present.
Tasks and Responsibilities
Under the supervision of National Programme Officer on National Minorities, the consultants will perform the following tasks:
Drafting a plan for each class and proposing teaching materials for the delivery of classes;
Delivering up to 48 classes of SaNMT, each in 20 minutes format, while using recent and contemporary teaching materials (such as dictionaries developed as an auxiliary material for teachers for achievement of learning outcomes, e.g. Serbian-Albanian dictionary and online application for teachers and students designed by the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities, music, games, etc.);
Working in close co-operation with the local OSCE appointed co-ordinators;
Drafting the final report with conclusions and recommendations.
The Mission will engage up to 7 teachers of SaNMT, who will deliver classes covering different cycles of education and different levels of programme, namely:
One teacher to deliver classes of SaNMT for the first educational cycle (first, second and third grades of elementary education), A level programme, with the knowledge of the Hungarian language;
One teacher to deliver classes of SaNMT for the first educational cycle (first, second and third grades of elementary education), A level programme, with the knowledge of the Albanian language;
One teacher to deliver classes of SaNMT for the second education cycle (fifth, sixth and seventh grades of elementary education), A level programme;
One teacher to deliver classes of SaNMT for the third education cycle (first, second and third grades of grammar schools), A level programme;
One teacher to deliver classes of SaNMT for the first education cycle (first, second and third grades of elementary education), B level programme;
One teacher to deliver classes of SaNMT for the second education cycle (fifth, sixth and seventh grades of elementary education), B level programme;
One teacher to deliver classes of SaNMT for the third education cycle (first, second and third grades of grammar schools), B level programme.
Out of 7 consultants, 1 would work in Bujanovac, 3 in Novi Sad and 3 in Subotica.
Citizenship of or permanent residence in the Republic of Serbia;
University degree in Serbian language and literature or similar;
Advanced university degree in teaching Serbian as a non-mother tongue would be considered an asset;
Minimum 5 years of experience in teaching of Serbian as a non-mother tongue;
Demonstrated ability to conduct virtual lessons via online platforms;
Excellent communication and facilitation skills;
Professional fluency in Serbian, both oral and written;
For a teacher assigned to deliver classes for the first educational cycle of A level programme in Bujanovac, advanced knowledge of the Albanian language is mandatory;
For a teacher assigned to deliver classes for the first educational cycle of A level programme in Subotica, advanced knowledge of the Hungarian language is mandatory;
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.
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
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
Flexibility: Responds positively and effectively to changing circumstances
Managerial competencies (for positions with managerial responsibilities)
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
The consultants will be employed on a Special Service Agreement covering a total period of 3 months, indicatively in the period from 18 September 2020 to 11 December 2020, and will be paid a total amount not exceeding RSD 112,800 in total, commensurate to individual qualifications and experience.
How To Apply
Please apply online through this website (https://jobs.osce.org) no later than 3 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 10 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.
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