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    Andrew Johnston +336-6517-3966

    I training, edit, write and consult for international organizations. I have 25 years newspaper experience, including 11 years at the International Herald Tribune in Paris, where I was deputy editorial page editor. In 2009 I founded my own consultancy. I have New Zealand and French nationalities, and speak English and French.

    Over 800 people have participated in my writing workshops, from more than 90 agencies

    A workshop at the International Organization for Migration, Addis Ababa.


    As an editor and consultant, I help organizations to analyse and clarify their aims, audiences, messages and narratives. I specialize in heavy lifting - transforming dense or undeveloped texts through close attention to language and structure.

    My writing workshops are based on my deep experience of writing and editing. I help participants identify target audiences, communication goals and reading contexts. I show how to plan and structure documents convincingly; to build punchy paragraphs and sentences; to choose the best words and avoid jargon; and revise drafts from top to bottom so theyre ready to go.


    Im a language person. My deepest expertise is in writing, editing and analysing text. Since I began editing and training for international organizations, I have also built up expertise in education, energy, African development, climate and health.Education: I edited the UNs major annual education report for four years.

    Energy: I have been a consultant editor for the International Energy Agency since 2009.

    Africa: I edited four Africa Progress Reports and many other texts for the Africa Progress Panel.

    Climate: I wrote the African Development Banks position paper for the COP21 global climate talks. In 2017 I edited a ground-breaking OECD report on climate and growth.

    Health: I edit and train for The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and for Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.

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    27 open workshops: Addis Ababa, Berlin, Bonn, Brussels, Geneva, The Hague, London, Nairobi, Singapore, Vienna, Wellington, 2013-2018 13 workshops, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, Geneva, 2014-2017 7 workshops, Overseas Development Institute, London, 2014-2017 6 workshops, The Global Fund, Geneva, 2015-2016 4 workshops, Global Witness, London, January and March 2017 3 workshops, OECD, Paris, Nov 2014, July 2015, March 2017 2 workshops, International Telecommunications Union, Geneva, May 2015 2 workshops, European Climate Foundation, Brussels, June 2015 2 workshops, EU Office of Information and Logistics, Luxembourg, Oct-Nov 2016

    Addis Ababa: African Development Bank, International Organization for Migration, World Bank. Bonn: UN Volunteers. Brussels: World Bank. Geneva: Association for the Prevention of Torture, UN Environment Programme. London: CAFOD, Save the Children. Paris: International Energy Agency, UNESCO. Vienna: European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.


    Editor, Investing in Climate, Investing in Growth: An OECD Report to the G20, 2017 Editor, OECD Skills Outlook 2017 Editor, Africa Progress Report, 20122017 Lead author, Annual Development Effectiveness Review 2016, African Development Bank Editor, Education for All Global Monitoring Report, UNESCO, 20102014 Consultant editor, International Energy Agency, Paris, since 2009

    Editing, writing and communications advice for: Africa Progress Panel (Geneva) Kofi Annan Foundation (Geneva) OECD (Paris) Global Partnership for Education (Washington) International Center for Transitional Justice (New York) Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (Geneva) Amnesty International (London) Open Society Foundations (New York) Save the Children (London)

    Reports that I have edited have influenced policy in measurable ways

    The 2011 Education for All Global Monitoring Report, The Hidden Crisis: Armed Conflict and Education, spearheaded a movement to protect schools as safe places and the human right of education [. . .] The UN Security Council followed up in July of that year with a resolution to enhance education in conflict zones.

    The recommendations of the 2013 Africa Progress Report, Equity in Extractives, were adopted in the G8 Action Plan Principles to prevent the misuse of companies and legal arrangements, which laid the groundwork for the G8 summit declaration in Lough Erne, Northern Ireland, in June 2013.

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    Andrew Johnston +336-6517-3966


    Deputy Editorial Page Editor, International Herald Tribune, 2001-2007 Staff editor, International Herald Tribune, 1999-2001, 2008-2010 Sub-editor, The Observer, London, 1997-1999 Literary editor, The Evening Post, Wellington, New Zealand, 1991-1996 Staff editor, The Dominion and The Evening Post, Wellington, 1988-1991 Staff editor, Otago Daily Times, Dunedin, New Zealand, 1987


    Ockham New Zealand Book Award for Poetry, 2017 (for Fits and Starts) J D Stout Research Fellowship, Victoria University of Wellington, 2007 Writer in Residence, Villa Marguerite Yourcenar, France, November 2005 Writer in Residence, International Writing Program, University of Iowa, 1995 New Zealand Book Award for Poetry 1994 (for How to Talk) New Zealand Book Page of the Year 1992, 1995 (for The Evening Posts literary section)


    Trainer for international organizations, 2013 Lecturer in Journalism, Institut Universitaire de

    Technologie, Caen, France, 1998 Tutor, Department of English, University of Otago,

    Dunedin, New Zealand, 1987


    MA (Hons) in English Literature (University of Auckland, 1986)

    BA in English Literature (University of Otago, 1985)

    Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (with distinction), TTI, London, 1997


    Fits and Starts (poems), Victoria University Press, New Zealand, 2016

    Sol (poems), VUP, 2007; Arc UK, 2008 The Open Window, Arc UK, 1999 Birds of Europe (poems), VUP, 2000 The Sounds (poems), VUP, 1996 How to Talk (poems), VUP, 1993

    Discussing the Africa Progress Report with former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan (2014, above) and the reports lead author, Kevin Watkins (2013, below). APP