Job announcement for Project coordinator

EDEN center is looking for a project coordinator for a project coordinator with job specifications as below


Program portfolio: Green Economy; Environmental Activism & Youth
Job title:  Project coordinator
Location: Tirana
Duration: February 2023 – February 2024 with possibility of extension
Deadline for application: 5 February 2023

  • Purpose and objective of the assignment

Specific objectives:

• Organize projects with the goal of getting them completed on time and within budget.
• Assist project manager/s by overseeing administrative tasks, communicating with stakeholders and ensuring resource availability for the project team
• Ensure proper communication and visibility of activities and projects
• Write concept ideas and project proposals for the topics he/she covers

  • Duties and responsibilities of the job

For this position EDEN is aiming at having an energetic person with commitment, skills and willingness to be engaged in the environmental non-profit sector and the ambition to lead the working portfolios.

The project coordinator will:

  • Develop in-depth understanding of project/campaign/initiative/activity scope and particulars i.e. timeframes, financials, outcomes etc.
  • Create project/event/service action plan and management calendar to monitor and fulfilling each goal, objective, activities, deliverables and ensuring that project deadlines are met alongside with proper narrative reporting
  • Assess project risks and issues and provide solutions where applicable
  • Prepare, update and ensure thorough project documentation including electronic dossier and the physical dossier in conformance with EDEN rules and procedures
  • Serve as point of communication between EDEN and external resources and deepen existing partnerships, create new partnerships and ensure that third parties’ views are managed towards the best solution
  • Providing administrative support as needed and ensuring that resources and equipment are always available
  • Providing support to project managers and Executive Director when requested
  • Being contact point and participate in youth network meetings representing the EDEN Center nationally & internationally. Work to expand contacts and youth partnerships
  • Contribute in the project proposals being prepared by program managers and the executive of the organization, as well as initiate and take lead of proposals targeting the two portfolios which he/she is engaged
  • Ensure proper communication materials, public information and PR of his/her assigned projects including social media, visual and written media as well
  • Act as EDEN campaigner
  • Actively participate and support other activities of the organization

Qualification and skills requested

  • Bachelor's degree preferably in a related field of study but there is no limitation
  • Exceptional verbal, written, and presentation skills.
  • Experience using computers for a variety of tasks. Competency in Microsoft application and knowledge of PR, design or other specific relevant programs will be considered and asset
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to details
  • Experience in coordinating teams and events
  • Knowledge of file management, transcription, and other administrative procedures.
  • Fluency in English language both in writing and speaking

Personal competence:

  • Ability to work both independently and in a team and follow with the team decisions
  • Committed to work with environmental issues and a pro-active person; able to undertake initiatives and action
  • Ready to take responsibility, result driven
  • Ability to develop and maintain strong relationships
  • Ability to work in national and international context
  • Flexible, attentive to details, motivated and enthusiastic
  • Ability to work on tight deadlines
  • Ability to travel out of duty station and out of duty schedule


Reirta Fero, HR and Financial manager  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ToRs - Project Coordinator 

Submit your application online through this link till 5 February 2023

Lead in Albania – at a glance!

Lead in Paint |

Since its establishment, EDEN Center have campaigned for meaningful policies to ensure the adequate management of POPs in Albania, prioritizing the protection of communities that are located nearby hotpots and former chemical plants inherited from the communist era.

As part of the long-standing efforts with POPs in Albania, one of EDEN’s flagship campaigns is about the chemical element of Lead. Supported by the International POPs Elimination Network (IPEN), every year EDEN centre sheds light on the impact of Lead on the environment and health.  

WHAT IS LEAD – at a glance?

Lead can be found in all parts of our environment – the air, the soil, the water, and even inside our homes. Much of our exposure comes from human activities including the use of fossil fuels including the past use of leaded gasoline, some types of industrial facilities and the past use of lead-based paint in homes. Lead and lead compounds have been used in a wide variety of products found in and around our homes, including paint, ceramics, pipes and plumbing materials, soldiers, gasoline, batteries, ammunition and cosmetics.

Lead may enter the environment from these past and current uses. Lead can also be emitted into the environment from industrial sources and contaminated sites, such as former lead smelters.


Throughout different campaigns undertaken by EDEN Center in Albania for Lead, there is a repetitive concern linked with the awareness and information that the general public possess regarding the side effects of Lead on the environment and health. EDEN Center strives to elevate the understanding of the general public regarding Lead effects through its educational campaigns. Lead causes invisible pollution and it is difficult to perceive the scale of its damage and effects on the environment and health. Therefore, long-term and purposeful educational campaigns for this issue play a critical role to fill this gap.

Albania has approved regulations on lead exposure limits. Due to the complex institutional chain dealing with the Lead elements, it is difficult to assess the implementation of these regulations. In addition, the inspection or detection is difficult due to the limited state capacities of the institutions.

Key decisions and articles in Albania's national laws related to Lead element are below-listed:

  1. Limits set for the capacities of industries that produce or process heavy metals, including leads. To operate such a business, an environmental assessment and license that set the daily limits that a facility can process should be applied, according to the law. [i]
  2. Albania has ratified and incorporated different articles, conventions, protocols, and recommendations of the International Labor Organisation[ii] into its national laws, including the one that set limitations for lead elements in working environments. To ensure a safe working environment. There are as well specific regulations in place for vulnerable labourers to POPs and specifically to Lead, such as pregnant women. Such regulation provides protection for such vulnerable groups to Lead. [iii]
  3. An additional system of taxation is applied to fuel products based on the level of Lead in Albania.[iv] In meantime, UN and other international agreements urge for the ban of lead-based fuel.[v]

For further and in-depth information regarding the chemical element of lead and its impact on health and the environment, navigate to EDEN’s web page to read materials and press releases published in the frame of Lead campaigns undertaken throughout the years.

 This article is published as part of the campaign of International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week 2022, with the support of IPEN. 

[i] Ligj nr. 52/2020 për disa ndryshime në ligjin nr. 10 448, datë 14.7.2011, “Për lejet e mjedisit”, të ndryshuar.


[iii] VKM, nr 634,date 15.7.2015

[iv] Ligj nr. 142/2014 për disa ndryshime në ligjin nr. 61/2012 “Për akcizat në republikën e Shqipërisë”, të ndryshuar

[v] UNEP press-release: Era of leaded petrol over, eliminating a major threat to human and planetary health, August 2021

Waste to Energy in Albania – at a glance!

RDF photo articleAmid the energy crisis and the long-standing challenge with waste management, Refuse Derived Fuel is being regarded as an alternative solution to address the aforementioned issues, by different stakeholders representing state authorities, and profit sector, largely cement industry. The same course is being followed in Albania as well, where different initiatives arise by private sector and state authorities have displayed the increasing interest for the integration of RDF in the waste management and energy production systems.

EDEN Center has conducted a desk-research over the national laws (policies, DCMs, strategies, action-plans, etc.) related to energy and environment, intended to document and provide an overview on the state and the perspective for the integration of RDF into the waste management system in Albania. The report “Integration of RDF into the waste management system in Albania” provides an overview for the state of RDF integration into the current system of waste management in Albania.

As result of the desk-research it is concluded that the state of application of RDF and its integration in the public documents is still in an initial phase. RDF is sporadically incorporated in public documents related to waste management, and not interconnected with other sectors such as energy, and public health.

This is essential to ensure the adequate production and application of RDF. Moreover, the accomplishment of the SDG could be easily threaten by the lack of proper management, inter-institutional cooperation, monitoring or standards throughout the production or application of RDF/Waste to Energy.

The main conclusions resulted throughout the desk research on RDF in Albania are as stated in the following:

  • RDF principles are partially integrated solely into the policies of waste management. The approved policies, including investments in infrastructure as well, have a lack of inter-connection with policies in energy sector and public health institutions. Energy is important to ensure that the RDF adequately increase and meet the targets for whether domestic energy production or alternative fuel;
  • Household waste that are subject to RDF (incineration, process, burning) are those which remain un-processed throughout the waste hierarchy process. In the waste hierarchy, RDF/energy recovery is the last scale of waste treatment;
  • Data gap on the energy produced through waste (incineration, waste as fuel, organic waste, etc) in Albania, even though that only few facilities operate in the country;
  • Policy-making initiatives and RDF targets set for Albania till 2035 are not based on a proved baseline value. In a small country like Albania, policy development or infrastructure for RDF could not be used due to the generated waste that could be subject to this scale of waste hierarchy;
  • Albania lacks a common framework that assembles environmental, energy, and public health sectors to ensure a functional and reasonable ‘waste to energy’ system in Albania.

- Read the full report in Albanian language
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Albania’s draft renewables law must support small producers and end incentives for hydropower

Albania’s new draft renewables law brings welcome changes such as a target for solar water heating but is too vague on crucial points such as sustainability, small plants, heat pumps and rooftop solar. Attracting big investors is important, but are small producers being neglected?

After years of providing renewables incentives only for hydropower, in 2017 Albania changed its legislation to introduce an auctions and premiums system and widen support to other technologies. It’s now updating its legislation and recently held a public consultation on a new draft law on renewable energy.

The draft contains some welcome features, such as a target for solar water heaters, but leaves too many details unclear, particularly on technology choice and the role of households and small businesses in the energy transition.

Time to stop supporting climate-vulnerable hydropower

It’s understandable that the draft law intends to leave flexibility for adjusting the scheme but it would be appropriate already at this stage to clearly exclude hydropower from receiving renewable energy incentives. 

Albania is far too dependent on climate-vulnerable hydropower, which generates almost 100 per cent of domestically produced electricity, but most years still leaves the country dependent on imports. Despite adding more than 600 MW in large hydropower plants in the last decade, average generation between 2010 and 2020 barely increased due to increasingly unpredictable rainfall. 

Source: International Energy Agency

For years, Albania’s support scheme only supported yet more hydropower, at huge cost. According to data from the Energy Regulatory Authority (p.123), in 2021 Albanian electricity consumers paid out more than EUR 118 million to small hydropower producers and EUR 19 million more under a power purchase agreement for the large Ashta hydropower plant. This might seem like peanuts compared to Western European incentives schemes, but it’s a massive sum for a cash-strapped country and by far the highest cost in the region.

It is therefore time to redress the balance and prevent even more public money being spent on propping up climate-vulnerable hydropower while solar, wind, housing insulation and heat pumps continue to lag behind.

Do small plants need to compete in auctions? 

Since 2014, EU State aid guidelines for the energy and environment sectors have stipulated the need to move to a more competitive and cost-effective incentives system for renewables, based on auctions to establish the lowest possible support prices. Electricity is then sold on the market and when the price gained doesn’t reach the bidding price, the producer receives a payment from the renewable energy operator to make up the difference. Only the very smallest plants are exempt from this approach, as it’s unrealistic for them to bid competitively in auctions, so they may continue to benefit from feed-in tariff schemes where the renewable energy operator purchases all their electricity at a price fixed in advance for a set time period (12-15 years in the Western Balkans).

As a signatory of the Energy Community Treaty, Albania too has to abide by these rules. However, its draft law on renewables doesn’t seem to differentiate between small and large plants. It doesn’t state whether plants under a certain capacity are exempt from participating in a competitive process. 

In the EU the threshold is 1 MW according to the Climate, Energy and Environment State Aid Guidelines (CEEAG), except for those owned by small and medium enterprises. But it’s not clear whether Albania is planning to exempt plants below this threshold from participating in auctions or set up special auctions for them or what. If no special auctions are planned, it’s not clear what measures will be taken to ensure that small producers can benefit from support schemes at all. Or perhaps they are expected only to become prosumers with net billing, and not receive any price support at all?

The feed-in tariff phase-out needs to be clearer

In order for a premium system to work properly, a functional day-ahead electricity market is needed. Albania does not yet have this, so is taking an interim step of maintaining feed-in tariffs even for larger plants until the day-ahead market is established, but with the important difference that the price to be paid to producers will be established via auctions. The idea is that once the day-ahead market becomes functional, the power purchase agreements will be converted to Contracts for Difference and the feed-in tariff scheme will become a premium scheme.

This might be acceptable for now, but the draft law doesn’t clearly differentiate between the interim scheme and the future scheme. Unlike the EU’s CEEAG, it doesn’t prohibit feed-in contracts for plants over a certain capacity, even once the day-ahead market is functional. According to paragraph 123 and footnote 70 of the CEEAG, the threshold is now 400 kW, decreasing to 250 kW by 2026, so plants larger than this should not be allowed to receive feed-in tariffs once the day-ahead market is up and running. 

The approach of continuing with competitively set feed-in tariffs even for larger plants and then converting them to Contracts for Difference may be acceptable in the short term, but only if clear deadlines are set. If a functional day-ahead market is not in place in a year or two, this new scheme needs to be reviewed anyway to check on its cost and effectiveness. 

There also needs to be a clear obligation to establish the feed-in tariff price via a competitive process, at least for plants above the threshold - and even then, the question remains whether plants below the threshold can get feed-in tariffs at all and if so, how?

Heading the wrong way on bioenergy?

The draft law obliges fuel suppliers to ensure that Albania meets a target for renewable energy in transport. However, while biofuels in transport were part of the EU’s 2020 targets, this policy has turned out to be counterproductive. Increased demand for food-based biofuels requires more agricultural land. Since most agricultural land is already being used globally, new areas have to be found, which leads to deforestation, releasing tonnes of greenhouse gases. In some cases, these emissions are so high that some biofuels lead to higher greenhouse gas emissions than the fossil fuel they replace, when taking into account the whole life cycle of the crop. This is the case for biodiesel made from vegetable oils such as rapeseed, palm oil, soy and sunflower.

The EU's 2018 renewable energy Directive therefore limits crop-based biofuels to the levels used by each EU member state in 2020 — a de facto freeze. The EU will also phase out high-deforestation-risk biofuels by 2030. The EU's renewable energy Directive is currently again under revision, therefore the situation is also likely to further change.

Instead of repeating the EU’s mistakes, Albania should therefore pursue electrification of transport as well as improvement of its public transport, which would help decrease demand from individual vehicles. Pursuing biofuels as an alternative to oil products for transport is not advisable at the moment.

Likewise the draft law is unclear on the role of biomass. At minimum, Albania is obliged to follow the bioenergy sustainability criteria from the 2018 Renewable Energy Directive. However, these are widely criticised for not being stringent enough, so Albania should draw on its own experiences to set more effective criteria.

Support for heat pumps and rooftop solar needed

Given the widespread use of electricity for heating in Albania, installing efficient heat pumps would make much better use of the electricity already generated and avoid an expensive and climate-damaging gas lock-in. Combining these with rooftop solar in this extremely sunny country would help Albania leapfrog straight to a future-proof renewable energy system. Yet the draft law is unclear on the role heat pumps and rooftop solar are expected to play and whether there will be any support mechanisms for their installation. As well as the draft target for solar water heating, the law would do well to set targets for heat pumps and prosumers.

The Save the Blue Heart of Europe campaign aims to protect the most valuable rivers in the Balkans from building hydropower plants. The campaign is coordinated by the NGOs Riverwatch and EuroNatur, and is being run jointly with partner organisations from the Balkans.

Pippa Gallop, Southeast Europe Energy Advisor, CEE Bankwatch
Lira Hakani, EDEN Centre

Interview with Climate Activist [Ania Sauku]



Absolutely! Well, I am a very-much-care-about-everything 20 years old, who is currently studying law and wishing to specialize on human rights with an environmental focus. I've been invloved in the civic society ever since I was 16, taking part in different networks and activities and meeting people who really inspire change and inspire me to work harder for my community. But outside of my engagements, I like to consider myself a creative soul who is always on the lookout to have some fun!


At the point before I joined UNYA, I had taken part in some of their activities and was impressed by the quality and by the dynamics of the people, and after I joined it, I fell in love with the work we do and the joy we express while doing it. I realised that's how community building should feel like: doing hard work while gaining joy from the people you work with and the work that you do. I started gaining an interest on the environment early on, because I was a girl scout and we were taught the importance of nature and how dependant we were on it for our survival, but it wasn't until 2 years ago when I started acting on my interest. I think a huge role on this played the tools of advocacy I learned at UNYA and from then on, I'm still trying to turn this advocacy into more concrete climate activism.


Honestly, climate justice is essential to the climate movement because it acknowledges and exposes all the systems that are intertwined that are actively causing climate change such as capitalism, white supremacy, patriarchy..ect, while also making the climate movement a more people-centred one. Especially focusing on vulnerable communities who have done the least of the damage but are going to suffer the most of the consequences, leading to the danger of their own existence. As long as you live in the Planet Earth, you are affected by climate change, but it drastically differs if you live in a small island that will not be there anymore or in a small village that risks life-threatenig floods and if you live in a penthouse in NYC and take private jets for 40 minutes car rides.


Frankly, an ideal cooperation would be one where one movement (the climate one) is included in the other movements (the social one). The climate movement is a social movement because it was born from people's most basic desire: to live and to continue living in the future, and the social movements were born to make our life better. So these movements can co-exist with each other because social issues and climate change both affect our lives, despite one being seemingly more "for the Western part of the world" and one more tangible for us.


Duh! It is even more important for people from all backgrounds to join the fight, because like we said everyone is affected by climate change but we are affected in different ways. Having spaces that create the opportunity for people to share their experiences and their best practicies is central to climate justice and frankly, social movements in general. I think it is even more important to not just create this spaces but also to know where to pass the mic to people who need it the most and to constantly check yourself if you are doing the utmost to make sure everybody is heard.


It is a long road ahead. One that has started before us and hopefully not, but maybe one that will surpass us. Climate change is a global issue and sometimes it is very hard to conceptualize how wide the world is when you are stuck in your local community work, which is central and important but at the end is only one part of the chain of solutions. My advice would be that the utmost work of the climate movement is the people, so focus on getting to know as many of them and listen to their story, gain their prespective and learn from their initatives. Connecting with people and taking action in our way is the best way we can tackle this gigantic monster caused by our own greed.

This interview comes as part of a series of interviews with climate campaigners and advocates in Albania, with the support of Youth and Environment Europe.