What do UN Youth and the United Nations have in common more than anything?
We’re both all about people.
Without a team of dedicated volunteers, NZMUN would simply never happen. If you have a passion for teamwork, education and helping youth develop new skills, don’t think twice! NZMUN is the perfect place to embrace all of these values. Whether you’re running the debate as a Chair, inspiring your team as a Regional Grouping Facilitator, or keeping students happy and fed as part of the Logistics team, you’re guaranteed to have five days of empowering insights, strong team building, and plenty of fun.
To be a volunteer, you cannot be a current high school student or over the age of 25.
There will be eight different volunteer roles at NZ Model UN 2018:
The Chair controls the debate, determines speaking order, and overall sets the one in their committee. Usually our most experienced volunteers, chairs must bring forward a large amount of institutional knowledge and experience. They must be familiar with New Zealand Model UN protocols and procedures. They must also be able to lead a unit of other conference assistants and facilitate a strong and supportive environment of growth. Chairs at NZMUN 2019 will be expected to liaison heavily with welfare and other CA’s in their committees.
The Secretary ensures that a committee is able to run smoothly. They receive amendments, make clarifications, and control AV systems in committees – essentially thay’re the CA’s that make sure things happen. Secretary also work closely with chairs, and later on, in the conference may have the opportunity to chair committees. We need someone who is able to process and understand multiple questions, queries, and submissions at any one time as well as someone who is confident with using a computer.
Special Rapporteurs are each committee’s content expert. Their main responsibility is helping their committee reach a resolution by deciding which amendments will be debated and clarifying any queries on the discussion topic. Background knowledge is not essential if the applicant is willing to research and learn the committee topic. If you are accepted for this role, you will be required to write a short background briefing on your assigned topic for delegates before the conference.
Regional Group Facilitator
Regional Group Facilitators have the all important task of leading a particular ‘Regional Group’ (a team of 30 delegates) throughout conference. Regional Group Facilitators shape delegates’ experiences at NZ Model UN, motivating and inspiring each one to pursue their individual goals, whilst running fun social activities and thought provoking workshops.
Logistics Facilitators work behind the scenes to ensure that NZ Model UN runs as smoothly as possible. Logistics Facilitators are organised, balanced individuals with excellent time management. Without a strong Logistics team, NZ Model UN would never get off the ground.
Their tasks will range from setting up catering, to helping lost delegates and keeping conference looking sharp (as well as always being the first ones to eat!).
Welfare Officers hold the essential responsibility of supporting the welfare of both delegates and volunteers at NZ Model UN. The ability to handle sensitive issues with a caring attitude and open ears are absolutely required as all Welfare Officers must constantly be approachable for unwell, stressed or upset participants. Welfare Officers with particular past experience or knowledge may be given certain specialisations, such as pastoral care, mental wellbeing, or first aid.
A First Aid Certificate is required to be considered as a Welfare Officer.
The media team that consists of Photographers and Videographers play a vital role of capturing the memories that delegates and CAs will love to revisit long after NZ Model UN 2018 is over. They are the ones responsible for truly making our conference UN+Forgettable. Previous experience and skills will be essential, but the experience is certain to be rewarding. A small portfolio may be required on application.
Press Delegate Facilitator
Press Delegate Facilitators will guide and mentor Press Delegates in a wide range of activities personalized to their role. By facilitating unique workshops, assisting their Press Delegate team in writing articles, and supporting them within committees, our ‘PDFs’ are essential to guiding press delegates through the world of investigative journalism.
UN Youth is proud to uphold our nation’s unique multiculturalism. During conference, MPI Liaisons provide a cultural perspective to ensure that Maori and Pacifica delegates are as comfortable and strongly supported as all our delegates. Prior to the conference, MPI Liaisons will assist the committee in creating content well suited to delegates from all backgrounds.
Please note that MPI Liaison is not a full role. If you are offered the role of MPI Liaison you will also be offered another role listed above.