1.The Secretary General and Deputy Secretary General
The Secretary General and the Deputy Secretary General ensure that all goes according to the NATO rules and way of conduct and that the procedures are followed accordingly and adequately and as close to reality, to the real NATO decision-making process as possible. They are both highly responsible people with a lot of relevant experience in events and simulations of this kind, who feel deservedly confident enough to pursue such a role in the first place and most importantly – have the necessary knowledge, abilities, skills and are able to do fantastically well under not only stress and tough deadlines but also at times of no sufficient sleep and a combination of incessant work group, committee/ council sessions dealing with some of the most troubling and real problems we all face today, in the 21st century, globally speaking and also, the not-to-be-underestimated following night of socials and long hours of chilling, partying and networking.
2. The Chair
The role of the Chair more or less lines up with that of the Secretary General and the Deputy Secretary General as the Chair(s) is/ are responsible for the general conduct of the meetings, of the committee/ council sessions and making sure all communication runs as smoothly as possible without conflicts and issues that endanger or hinder and block the decision- making process of the group of all the member states present at the given committee/ council session. The chairs are also to be approached in the case of being unsure how the delegate is to proceed, what the right motion is, etc, etc, procedurally speaking.
The chairs are usually people with some simulation knowledge and experience but not necessarily.
3.The Individual Delegate
Do your preliminary research, learn what the official position and interest of the country you represent is and know that it has to be safeguarded, be aware of any red lines that cannot possibly be crossed and, based on all of the aforementioned – prepare a position paper of your country. You would further on have the chance to deliberate more at the negotiation table during the summit itself where your sole goal would be to reach consensus and ultimately adopt the Summit Declaration.
In order to achieve that you would need to combine your best assets, abilities, knowledge, diplomacy- related skills and negotiation and lobbying techniques at both the formal level (i.e. during official meetings, sessions of the respective committee/ council) and the informal networking moments (socials, dinners, etc)
Delegations consist of individuals who coordinate and negotiate among themselves at both formal and informal level, both before and during the simulation itself in order to represent adequately and to the best of their ability and closest to reality the country they were chosen to represent.
In order to achieve that you would need to combine your best assets, knowledge, diplomacy- related skills and negotiation and lobbying techniques at both the formal level (i.e. during official meetings, sessions of the respective committee/ council) and the informal networking moments (socials, dinners, etc).
5. The Photo / Video Journalist
The tasks of both types of journalists focus predominantly on taking a lot of tape for either pictures or videos, and, naturally, the indispensable interviews from the participants and lecturers. These would include, for example, taking pictures, doing the montage of videos and pictures so that even people unfortunate enough not to have participated personally in the event would feel its contagiously academic and vivacious, professional and inspiring atmosphere!
We ask for your CV and a motivation letter pointing out your motivation for applying and your possible contribution to the event in the media and in particular in social media channels of communication and influence. Please also specify your technical skills, if any. Please, bear in mind your personal equipment would be your asset and bringing it along would help your work considerably here as well.
Last but definitely not least, we are looking for volunteers as well! This position is ideal for people who would like to see what a NATO simulation would feel like but are still too shy and perhaps lacking some resource like time or funds to be fully engaged as a delegate or journalist and are testing the waters this year to decide if they would like to participate more next time 😉 Also, if you are just this superb altruistic young person who likes to help fellow young people – you are our guy/ gal! And we shall be most happy and obliged to welcome you in our team – the team of the organizers and hosts!
If you would like to have the chance to meet virtually all those fabulous people from all over the world, be our guest as a volunteer.