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Intel agency seeking undercover agents - with public job ad

Ljubljana, 21 May - Intelligence work is normally an activity shrouded in secrecy, but the Slovenian Intelligence and Security Agency (SOVA) has made an unprecedented decision to enlist new agents in a very public fashion - by publishing a job ad in newspapers and online.

Slovenia's intelligence and security agency SOVA.
Photo: Domen Grögl/STA

The agency is looking to fill seven job vacancies, including for analysts, tech staff and legal personnel, as well as two jobs described as "acquisition of data with covert cooperation".

The agency said it was looking for "dynamic and motivated staff interested in working in intelligence and security, motivated by the challenges of the work, and willing to adapt to the special nature of the job."

Unlike other government agencies, SOVA is permitted by law to hire people directly and eschew a competitive hiring process, but it has now decided to go public with job postings for the first time in its history.

The job ad, published on Tuesday, is "another step towards the stated goal of improved transparency," SOVA said on its web page.

© STA, 2019