Frequently Asked Questions for Call for Chairs

When will MEUS take place?

The preliminary dates for MEUS 2020 are 14-20 of March 2020.

1. What are my tasks as a Chair at MEUS?

As a Chair, you will lead through the debates during the simulation week. You should be present and fit for chairing throughout the week. Furthermore, you are tasked with preparing a workshop on the Rules of Procedure and helping the Organising Team with preparations.

2. What can I expect from the Organising Team experience ?

As a Chair, you will be asked to join the Organising Team after you have been selected. This means you will be able to meet the Team, interact with them, and have the chance to gather insight into the work of Model European Union Strasbourg.

You should also be ready to participate during the team activities and tasks, and help out when support is needed. You are also expected to join the team calls that take place preceding the simulation. The total workload for Chairs in advance to the simulation will not exceed 4 hours a week.

3. What are the application criteria for Chairs?

A few criteria that should be met when you consider applying as a Chair at MEUS:      

First and foremost, you should be a confident public speaker. You must be proficient in speaking English. To apply as a Chair, you should have chaired in other MEU simulations before. You will be asked to provide one person as a reference for your chairing experience.

Furthermore, you must be sure that you can be present during the whole simulation week and at best, during one Preparatory Meeting.

4. Are there any restrictions for applicants?

Generally, everyone is welcome to apply. However, there are a few restrictions:

First of all, prior to your application, you must not have chaired MEUS before. Furthermore, You must not be older than 30 years at the time of the simulation (March 2020).

5. What documents do I need to apply?

You will be asked to provide your CV and a motivation letter (no longer than one page). Furthermore, we will ask you for one reference from a previous experience. This means, we will ask you to indicate the name of a team member of a simulation you chaired before, that is qualified to recommend you (either DG, Head of Content or something alike), so that we can contact them if we need more information about you.

5.1. I’m lost. What should I write in my motivation letter?

Generally, we would like to hear your personal motivation to chair in Strasbourg. Tell us about your previous experience and how it links to the skills needed to chair MEUS. We know how exciting our project is - but how do you fit into it and what do you bring as a person? That’s what we want to know.

6. What are the evaluation points for the applications ?

Applicants will be selected based on, but not limited to, the following points:

First, you will be assessed on how well prepared you are for your tasks. You should feel confident in the MEU procedures and schedules. You must have sufficient knowledge of the Rules of Procedure.

Furthermore, you will be asked to indicate the name of a team member of a simulation you chaired before, that is qualified to recommend you (either DG, Head of Content or something alike).

Lastly, we will assess applications based on your self-description and motivation, in order to find matching chairing partners that we believe will be able to work together.

7. What does the application procedure look like?

After submitting your application, the team will assess your application and shortlist candidates that fulfil the criteria we pose, and if needed, get in touch with the reference person you indicated.

Afterwards, you will be invited to take part in a Skype interview with the Chairs’ Coordinator or Chairs’ Coordinator assistant. Based on this interview, we will invite you to join the team. The application and selection process will take around 4 weeks. In case of any delays, we will notify you.

8. What are my chances to be selected?

Your chances for selection to Chair at MEUS mainly depend on three things:

Firstly, you are not likely to be selected if you don’t fulfil the application criteria we posed.

Secondly, we ask for a reference so that we can see how previous team members were working with you. This is not because we do not trust you, but because it can add depth and perspective to the picture we have of you. Do see it as a chance to show us what a suitable Chair you are.

If the reference checks out, your chances to be selected will increase.

And lastly, the interview we conduct with you on Skype, or on an alternate video calling platform, will serve us to get to know you better and to clarify a few practicalities.

We will try to map out your chairing preferences, your pet peeves and your chairing personality. This helps us to find out how to match chairing partners.    If you can convince us in all three steps, the chances to be selected are higher, however, also other factors may influence our decision, such as the volume of applications.