Munapest 2019 has changed the hierarchy system of how individual Presidencies will look during the conference. A chamber will have, according to this, one Director, and two Chairs, with the Director being in charge of the chamber and being responsible for the work of the chamber itself. Chairs will not have to contribute to any tasks prior to the conference except for the attendance of one or two online workshops which are aimed at training their skills and knowledge related to the position they have been accepted to. They will also receive access to all documents they need for their preparations and their Directors will help their preparation in any way necessary. The Presidencies as a whole should strive for complementing rather than contradicting each other.
Who is the Chair?
The Chair is the coordinator of the Chamber; one who confidently guides the delegates through debates, one who moderates the discussion perfectly, one to answer all their procedure-related questions. The Chairs’ responsibility is to manage the Chamber’s meetings so that they can operate smoothly.
What are we looking for in a chair?
Chairs implement the Rules of Procedure and are responsible for the smooth functioning of debate, ruling on Points and Motions as well as keeping order in the Chamber.
They ensure that the Chamber produces a result that is acceptable for at least the majority of the Delegates if not all.
Pragmatism and fairness: they are able to skillfully combine their roles as leaders and role models.
Time is of the essence. Having a great sense of timing is indispensable for the effective operation of the Chamber.
Who is the Director?
The Director is a ‘super-delegate’; one who ensures that the content of the debate remains productive and professional. The Director should at all times be available and willing to give advice to individual delegates or the chamber as a whole if called upon or if the Director deems so. They also have to ensure that the Chamber produces a result acceptable to all, or at least, an overwhelming majority of the delegates, without showing preference towards any delegate or their preferred outcome.
Skills of a Director:
Directors should be comfortably acquainted with the Topic at hand, and are responsible for providing a constantly unbiased, objective voice in the Chamber.
Directors may make speeches as well as raise Points and Motions but always do so in the spirit of furthering the Chamber’s work. In this sense, they function as an expert coordinator of the Chamber.
Directors should also be able to point out contradictions between the standpoints or actions of the delegates’ and their respective countries’ and suggest them to stand corrected.
Directors are good communicators, trying to involve delegates in the discussion, helping to create a cooperative and productive environment during moderated and unmoderated caucuses as well.