Posted on: 26.12.2021

Повикот е отворен до 17 јануари 2022 година

Здружение Џуниор Ачивмент Македонија отвара повик за консултант/и за изработка на студија за праведна транзиција (Just Transition). 

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Title:                       Just Transition in North Macedonia – consultant

Location:                           North Macedonia

Duration:                           January 2021 – March 2022

Type of contract:         Consultancy

Application deadline:      17. 01. 2022
Junior Achievement Macedonia (JA Macedonia) is one of the member nations in the global net of JA Worldwide and a member of JA Europe. Junior Achievement Worldwide is the world’s largest organization dedicated to educating students about work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs.  10 million students are participating in Junior Achievement programs in more than 100 countries around the world.

In North Macedonia we are implementing the “Panda Labs Junior for Just Transition” project. This project is part of the European Climate Initiative (EUKI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU).

The concept of “just transition” enables the transition to a low-carbon economy in a responsible and accountable manner by caring for people who lose their income, especially workers in the energy and coal industry. The project seeks to establish a strong community of young green innovators and entrepreneurs, creating conditions to reduce emigration from key coal regions by developing the innovation culture for Just Transition and Climate Change issues and provoking political and societal change on local and national level. Project will mobilize and empower youth (ages 15 – 25) to engage in policy advocacy on Just Transition by offering alternative ‘green’ economic development scenarios for coal regions.

Objective of the Consultancy

The objective of this assignment is to conduct a study for the local context for just transition on the potentialities of just transition in the country, focusing on the Bitola region as a case study.

The consultancy is specifically expected to contribute with the:

  1. Gap analysis of just transition potential in North Macedonia based on the current situation in the coal regions and the legal framework, as well as recommendations for addressing those gaps;
  2. SWOT analysis of the socio-economic challenges of the just transition in North Macedonia;
  3. Concept for social and just transition in Bitola region based on green economy (case study to serve as basis for youth engagement).

Duties and Responsibilities of the consultant/s include:

  • Assess current state and prospects for the coal industry in North Macedonia;
  • Map and evaluate existing energy transition in North Macedonia;
  • Identify the main stakeholders (decision makers) and analyze decision making processes with regards to just transition;
  • Identify and recommend existing and potential sources of funding for innovative, green solutions;
  • Present recommendations for local and national level on just transition;
  • Provide policy and practical recommendations (with potential advocacy actions to be taken) on how to achieve social and just transition;
  • Map and evaluate potential for green economy in Bitola region; 
  • Present possible scenarios for alternative economic activities in Bitola region;
  • Present solutions to the problems related to the transition from the coal industry to a sustainable economy.

The consultancy is envisioned primarily as desk research, but interviews with relevant stakeholders are highly encouraged.


The consultancy shall deliver a concise narrative report consisting of two main chapters: 

  1. Just transition in North Macedonia – opportunities, challenges, and recommendations;
  2. Implementing just transition in the Bitola region – pathways to sustainable development. 

The content of each chapter of the final report should ensure to answer to the objective of the consultancy. 

The report should be developed in English language (Structured as following: Content, Executive Summary, Chapters, Conclusions and Recommendations)


  • Prepare and submit a draft report to JA Macedonia in English for feedback by 23rd February 2022;
  • Prepare a final report in English (in publishable quality) incorporating feedback by 30th March 2022.

 Required skills, Qualifications and Experience

  • Thorough knowledge of latest trends in sustainable development, green economy, just transition and/or conservation practices;
    • Experience of conducting feasibility studies, policy analysis and formulating recommendations, in topics relevant for the bid;
    • Experience working in Western Balkans region, understating the socio-economic and political context; knowledge specific to North Macedonia is an added value;
  • Fluency in English;
  • Excellent writing skills in English.

Interested applicants are invited to submit their bids by email to info@jamacedonia.mk by 17th January 2022, with the subject line “Just transition consultancy bid”.

The bids should include following

  • CV of principal researcher(s) with references demonstrating track record that matches requirements and qualifications;
  • Outline of proposed methodology (maximum 2 pages, bullet-point format);
  • Breakdown of total cost offered in the bid.

Please send your questions by 10th January 2022 via e-mail to info@jamacedonia.mk.


Panda Labs Junior for Just Transition

Through Cooperation and Partnerships created, World Wildlife Fund Bulgaria (WWF Bulgaria) is currently launching a new 2-year project, which will apply the Panda Labs approach in implementing tailor made interventions in key coal regions in Bulgaria, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia.

The overall goal of Panda Labs Junior for Just Transition is to promote renewable energy, energy efficiency, circular economy, and climate mitigation and adaptation solutions.

This project is part of the European Climate Initiative (EUKI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and the main objective is to contribute to fair transition and timely development of knowledge and entrepreneurial capacities for younger generation in coal regions.

In addition, the project will provide opportunities for regional networking, involving 600 young people and will empower next generation with instruments to transform local communities and economies, in collaboration with key actors, such as local authorities, universities and research centers. Such green innovations approach will be further recognized and supported by local authorities and educational structures in coal regions.

Junior Achievement Bulgaria will design and implement an education and youth entrepreneurship program for high-school curricula and all partners WWF Bulgaria, WWF Adria-Serbia, Junior Achievement Macedonia and Eco-team Montenegro will apply it in selected coal regions in implementing countries. The program will develop young people’s knowledge, skills, confidence, entrepreneurial mindset and strong civic engagement attitude, crucial for their participation in the Just Transition process.

In each country a cohort of 100 high-school and 50 university students will be educated and trained to work on development of sustainable business solutions and start-ups in their local communities by participating in series of trainings, hackathons, networking events, council simulations and regional meetings.

The project plans to conduct 2 Regional Panda Labs Conferences gathering 50 young participants each (in Bulgaria and North Macedonia).

By the end of the project, a Panda Labs Junior Social Innovators network will be developed for young entrepreneurs who will tackle the technological and social problems and would actively contribute to fair and inclusive transition of local economies from coal mining to green industry.

Finally, the project will inspire partnerships with schools and municipalities, and is expected all the initiatives to be supported by school administrations, local authorities and business mentors. Our young participants will be empowered to stay and found businesses, or work for, emerging green start-ups in their localities.