The Volunteer Management Cycle shows a system that supports National Societies in reaching their goals and objectives in terms of volunteer management and is the main element in the “how” we manage volunteers in the Red Cross. In addition, it organizes the efforts of volunteers to fulfill the mission of the Movement.
The volunteer management cycle is an integral part of the Volunteer Development Framework (VODFRA) and is within the “HOW” element. For more information about VODFRA, please review the respective document.
The Cycle moves through several volunteer management components, while each component plays an integral role. Communication and evaluation are permanent and continuous aspects of volunteer management and are therefore included in this document.
The cycle is managed at the level of the branches and the volunteer manager of each branch is responsible for this management. At the national level, the Volunteer Coordination gives respective support.
This document has been developed to be a theoretical and practical guide to be used by volunteer managers at branch (local) level.
Further, each element of the Cycle is explained, and these must be adapted to each reality in each National Society and each branch according to their humanitarian needs. So, questions are presented to serve as guides for the generation of solutions.
This document has been updated and prepared by the Volunteering and Youth Development Regional Unit of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in the Americas region, based on previous documentation on the subject and experiences carried out with different National Societies.