Language Expert (multiple positions)

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Position Title: Language Expert
Duty Station: Pristina
Classification: Consultancy
Type of Appointment: Consultancy, 2 months
Estimated Start date: As soon as possible
Reference Code: CFA-2020/1711


Established in 1951, IOM is a related agency of the United Nations, and as the leading UN Agency in the field of migration, works closely with governmental, intergovernmental, and non-governmental partners. IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants.

Within the framework of the Social inclusion programme, IOM is promoting the importance of learning the official languages for the social cohesion in Kosovo. With the aim to improve equal access to services and information in all official languages by improving language skills of citizens and public servants, together with our implementing partners, IOM is in cooperation with the Faculty of Philology in Pristina and Center for Social Initiatives (CSI) currently developing intensive language courses for courts’ translators / interpreters. Eligible candidates (experts / companies/ institutions) are invited to apply to assist in reviewing the materials for Albanian and Serbian language courses. Under the overall supervision of the Chief of Mission and direct supervision of the Project Coordinator and in cooperation with other experts and implementing partners, the incumbents will be responsible to:

Responsibilities and Accountabilities

Develop and review language course for courts’ translators / interpreters.

  • Revise the curriculum for language courses/training for court translators and interpreters (for Albanian/Serbian) based on and in accordance with the existing material developed by IOM, while closely following the intended purpose of courses/training and overall Project objectives;
  • Jointly with other language experts (team members) work on researching, compiling and selecting relevant content and materials suitable for use in further developing online courses/training for court translators and interpreters;
  • Jointly with other language experts (team members) work on developing online courses/training for court translators and interpreters by producing training materials and additional content (at least 20 units in total for each language) based on and in accordance with the existing material developed by IOM and in line with the Project requirements and specific needs of course participants, their skills and expertise;
  • Adjust the course methodology to the online delivery mode.
  • Closely collaborate and coordinate his/her activities with other team members so as to achieve full consistency and uniformity of the courses designed for both languages (in terms of topics covered, terminology and vocabulary encompassed, linguistic and professional aspects tackled, );
  • Support and advise the Programme Coordinator (PC) concerning training activities and subjects and provide expert support to other team members;
  • Provide expert support to the team of Albanian-Serbian/Serbian-Albanian Dictionary Authors and Editors in the working process of development of the online dictionary and propose necessary corrections;
  • Propose corrections and manners of improvement of the prepared syllabus for new and/or the existing VocUp language courses;
  • Participate in regular (bi-weekly) sessions (meetings or Skype conferences) and provide progress updates to the IOM Project Coordinator;
  • Assist in designing follow-up activities;
  • Provide expert support in other tasks related to the Project implementation;
  • Prepare monthly and final report.


Language course development / review Preparation of course materials
November 2020 – January 2021


  • Advanced university degree in a related field
  • Proven experience on similar assignments is required
  • Experience in translation / official languages is an advantage
  • Strong communication and intercultural skills.


  • Fluency in English and one of official languages in Kosovo (oral and written)

Method of application:

Call is open for interested individuals / teams / companies / institutions. Any offer made to the candidate in relation to this vacancy notice is subject to funding confirmation.

Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment.

How to apply: 

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications (CV and Cover Letter) to by 26 November 2020 midnight at the latest, referring to CFA-2020/1711 in the subject line.

In order for an application to be considered valid, IOM only accepts applications duly completed.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Posting period: From 18.11.2020 to 26.11.2020

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