Language Testing Advisor

Language Testing Advisor

Posted: Nov 14, 2017 06:45 Expiration: Nov 20, 2017 12:00
As part of TWB’s language services to the humanitarian sector we wish to be able to offer a simple and sector appropriate ‘destination’ language test, sufficient to inform the recruiting NGOs’ of the language ability of their interpreter candidates.

The role:
To design a basic language test and grading system which assesses a candidate’s language comprehension and spoken language ability and enables a tester to allocate them a score.

To achieve this the consultant will:
- Identify key performance areas for language speaking and comprehension testing (e.g. pronunciation, grammatical accuracy, etc.)
- Develop 5-6 descriptors of ‘competence’ which can be used to describe the different levels of ability of the candidate in understanding and speaking the desired language.
- Design a test which explores the key performance areas and enables the tester to make assessment of competence against each.
- Ensure that the test is appropriate for the needs of non profit organisations responding to humanitarian crisis needs (using supporting terminology provided by TWB).
- Develop the tools for the testers to use, with clear guidelines for carrying out the test and scoring it consistently.

Final deliverables:
- Brief description of performance areas tested
- Competence descriptors for language comprehension and spoken ability
- A script (in English) for the people running the test
- Marking sheet
- Scoring guidance


- Previous experience in language testing
- Previous experience in development of assessment and examination processes
- Understanding of the needs of the humanitarian sector
- Strong writing skills


- 3+ years experience in testing, examination or language industry
- Humanitarian aid experience desired
- Demonstrated writing experience
- Familiarity with the translation, language or content industries

Contract length: 8 days
Hours: Full time
Location: Home based
Travel: None
Application deadline: 20 November 2017, 9am CET

To apply, send your CV and a cover letter which includes your daily work-rate to [HIDDEN] . Please specify the vacancy title in the subject line.

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